The organization which handles medical appointments in Ottawa is conducting a year-long evaluation of its Baffin Island programs in effort to make improvements and adapt programs to patients' changing needs.

A representative from the Ottawa Health Services Network met with Nunavut government officials last week. The network handles Ottawa appointments, as well as physician visits to Iqaluit and other communities.    

"Looking at process, looking at planning, what are the real needs, how should we be looking at physicians that we send up, how should we be organizing the schedule to best meet the needs of people in the Baffin region," said Elaine McNaughton, the group's Director of Operations for the Baffin-Ottawa Program.

McNaughton said a population's needs change over time, and the conversation with the Government of Nunavut and other groups about programs now offered will continue throughout the year.

She said they're looking at the bigger picture, instead of at individual specialties.

Last year, more than 7,100 appointments were made for people on medical travel to Ottawa. More than 2,000 patients were seen in specialty clinics and home communities.