New website allows Saskatchewan patients direct access to personal health information
Today, the government of Saskatchewan announced the provincial rollout of MySaskHealthRecord. MySaskHealthRecord is a secure website that will give eligible Saskatchewan citizens quick and easy access to their personal health information, including laboratory test results, medical imaging reports and clinical visit history. The site will not contain physicians’ notes or referral letters.
To read more about the announcement, click here.
For information on how MySaskHealthRecord affects physicians, click here.
Citizens will be able to add their own personal information to track and generate reports; set medication and appointment reminders; and upload information from health devices, such as wearable activity trackers.
“The Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) welcomes any process or technology which helps patients manage their own care and which will help improve their overall health,” said Dr. Allan Woo, president of the SMA. “The SMA sees the development and launch of the MySaskHealthRecord as a positive step.”
Dr. Woo said the SMA will now work with the Ministry, eHealth and the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) to support physicians and patients with the effective deployment of MySaskHealthRecord. “The project team included physicians, and we look forward to continuing our work with health stakeholders with the goal of supporting physicians as they start working with patients who are using the new website to track their personal health information.
“This kind of direct patient access aids in fostering a more collaborative relationship between patients and physicians yet it may also raise questions and pose some challenges,” he said. “I expect the SMA will work through such details with the Ministry, eHealth, and the SHA over the coming weeks.”
MySaskHealthRecord will be available to Saskatchewan citizens who are 18 years of age and older. To register, citizens will need a valid Saskatchewan health card and a Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) driver’s licence or SGI photo ID card.
For more information on MySaskHealthRecord, please visit eHealthSask.ca and click on the blue “Citizen Engagement” tab, or, click here for direct access. You can also check out the following videos:
Many hospitals and health care facilities across Saskatchewan will also be receiving MySaskHealthRecord posters and brochures in the next week or two to display throughout their facility.
Physicians can request posters and brochures for their offices (free of charge), by contacting eHS.Communications@eHealthSask.ca.