New app will let Albertans see their own health records (CBC News)

January 31, 2019

Province set to launch online portal giving Albertans access to their personal health information

Alberta Health is set to launch a new tool in the coming weeks that will give patients access to some of their personal health information online.

The MyHealth Record portal is designed to be used on computers, tablets or smartphones, and the province confirms it is in the final consultation process with physicians and other healthcare providers.

According to a web page for healthcare professionals, patients will be able to view some lab tests — including results for cholesterol, iron, kidney and liver function — immunization records and their medication history. Lab results are expected to come with links to information about the tests and the results.

"I think it'll be a very positive thing for patients," said Dr. Ted Jablonski, a Calgary-based family physician whose clinic often takes calls from patients who want to find out about their lab work. "A patient now can look at their own personal data and not have to phone a clinic or get something faxed [or emailed]. . . . Everything takes a lot of time. . . . This is so efficient and so advanced."

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