Saskatchewan residents can now look at their laboratory test results and other health records online anywhere, anytime.
Warren Kaeding, rural and remote health minister, has launched MySaskHealthRecord, a secure website that gives eligible Saskatchewan residents quick and easy access to their personal health information, according to a release.
“This is a game changer, giving patients the information they need to play an active role in their health care,” said Kaeding. “Some provinces that offer similar programs have delays built in so that people have to wait to see their own personal health information, and some provinces only provide limited lab results or require people to have a family physician in order to sign up.
“Saskatchewan is leading the nation with the rollout of MySaskHealthRecord. Our program gives people access to their lab results, plus other important health information, as soon as it’s available.”
“Today’s announcement is the result of years of work and testing by eHealth Saskatchewan, TELUS Health and collaboration with our health system partners,” said Jim Hornell, eHealth Saskatchewan CEO. “Everyone involved in this project shares a common goal, improving patient care. We’re proud of the role we played in creating an innovative and beneficial program that truly puts patients first.”
MySaskHealthRecord is open to Saskatchewan residents who are 18 years of age and older. To register, residents will need a valid Saskatchewan health card, plus a Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) driver’s licence or SGI photo ID card, said the release.
Residents who register will have quick and easy access to their personal health information, including laboratory test results, medical imaging reports and clinical visit history, including hospital admissions. Residents will also 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.
“Congratulations to Saskatchewan for taking this big step to give residents online access to their personal health information,” said Michael Green, Canada Health Infoway President and CEO. “Patients and the health system will see significant benefits from things like fewer unnecessary phone calls and less time taken off work for routine medical appointments. More importantly, greater access to information empowers patients to be more active participants in their care, and that can result in better health outcomes.”
All personal health information in MySaskHealthRecord is safe and private. Residents who sign up will only be able to access their accounts through a highly secure, personalized login.
To register for a MySaskHealthRecord account, go to www.eHealthSask.ca.