Alberta expands hi-tech health link

Alberta is using new technology to address an old problem: Getting up-to-date health information to and from remote parts of the province.

The provincial government is using a system of video and data lines to link doctors in isolated areas with specialists in big city hospitals.

After the success of a trial run, Alberta Health is expanding the telehealth program to 15 communities. The expansion will take five years to complete.

The expansion costs $7 million, but the department's Garth Norris says telehealth will save millions of dollars more down the road.