Telehealth involves the use of information and communication technologies in order to:

  • Offer, by remote means, an activity, service or process related to health or social services.

  • Transfer this collected information over any distance (long or short) for educational, diagnostic, treatment, research, clinical management or training purposes.

The development of telehealth in the First Nations communities translates into accessibility to care of the same quality as care offered “in person,” considering the following factors: 

  • The isolation of some communities.

  • The shortage of specialized personnel in isolated regions.

  • The difficulties in accessing health services.

  • The costs related to transportation for medical reasons.

The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission is currently working on various telehealth projects and may provide support to any community that wishes to develop and implement such projects.