North Network, now the Ontario Telehealth Network, and the Northern Ontario Medical School had implemented videoconferencing for about 50 hospitals in their jurisdiction of northern Ontario. At the time of the SARS crisis and during the West Nile infections it was important to reach as many hospitals and medical centres as possible. Videotelephony was able to double the reach of the videoconferencing network by arranging and producing webcasts to medical facilities in northern Ontario that did not have videoconferencing. The webcasting project doubled the number of locations that could be reached. Based on the success of these early webcasts NOSM developed an in-house capability and continues to use this format to deliver training and education.