Our rural northern community struggles to attract and retain health care professionals. Access to necessary health care is even more limited in the three surrounding First Nation communities. The First Nation Health Authority is promoting eHealth as a solution to challenges rural communities regularly face. Its purpose is to:
1. Reduce the burden of reporting
2. Improve access to health information (via telephone and video-conferencing)
3. Provide complete, accurate and transferable health records
4. Improve the referral process
Many of the students I teach who have learning disabilities also have significant health concerns. By improving access to health care and health education, I believe that we can simultaneously reduce some of the learning difficulties experienced by our at risk youth.
First Nation Health Authority. (2010). Developing community ehealth – Starting the eHealth discussion with BC First Nations. Retrieved from http://www.fnha.ca/Documents/Developing_Community_eHealth_Starting_the_eHealth_discussion_with_BC_First_Nations.pdf