eHealth Saskatchewan has launched a new pilot program for residents to view their medical information online.
The Citizen Health Information Portal will allow Saskatchewan residents to access personal lab results, immunization history and hospital visits.
It will also enable them to share their information with their families, doctors and pharmacists.
Susan Antosh, CEO of eHealth Saskatchewan says participants will also be able to message their doctors.
“The tool does have the capability of allowing messaging back and forth between physicians and patients. There will have to be an agreement whether the physician wishes to do that.”
Antosh says CHIP would benefit people across the province.
“We think this is a product that is of particular advantage to parents of young children, to those with chronic diseases, those who might travel a lot, those who access care in a variety of places.”
Health Minister Dustin Duncan says the program would allow residents to take charge of their wellness.
“This is a way to engage citizens in their own health care to a greater extent. We often hear that patients would like to have more information about their own health care.”
There are currently about 230 participants, but the province is looking for 1,000 during the six month trial period.
eHealth will be using surveys throughout the process to collect participants’ feedback.
The pilot will run until August, at which point e-Health will start reviewing data and decide whether the program will go ahead.