Director of eHealth Services
“Orpah McKenzie is a pioneer in implementing and managing telemedicine for First Nations communities. Orpah has provided value input and direction in First Nations communities ehealth development. She has been an essential bridge between the provincial health system and First Nation’s health programming.”
Orpah has dedicated her career to advocating and enhancing the care of First Nations people. As the former Director of Health Services at Keewaytinook Okimakanak, Orpah managed various programs and projects in the areas of health and mental health including the development of telemedicine in First Nations since its earliest stages. KO Telemedicine started with a Telepsychiatry Pilot with two KO communities. Being fluent in the Ojibwe dialect has been an advantage to be able to communicate and understand needs and concerns of the people.
As Director of eHealth Services for Keewaytinook Okimakanak, Orpah enjoys the development of new ideas and projects in telemedicine and believes that despite struggles, this is an exciting time to be working in this area of health and technology. She is proud to be leading the development of Tele-Ophthalmology, Tele-Derm SF, Children’s Mental Health and Education through SickKids Tele-Link, adult mental health and addictions pilot with Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH), Managed Service Model (MSM) and Virtual Emergency Support Services (VES) along with partners KNet, OTN, MOHLTC, ISC, Ornge, TBRHSC, Regional Critical Care Response Program and First Nations.
Orpah is a graduate of Lakehead University School of Nursing.