By Dan Walton
As Interior Health continues to catch up with the digital age, software is finally available for patients to access their personal information from the Internet.
Fewer steps will be required to access personal health stats for anybody who signs up for a MyHealthPortal account.
Staffers from Interior Health recently were enrolling patients at South Okanagan General Hospital.
“It provides patients with access to their health info, Interior Health lab results and things like that,” said David Sookaveiff from Interior Health. “It’s easy to do and it’s there and an information resource.”
Sookaveiff said MyHealthPortal will benefit all patients who sign up, especially those with chronic conditions. Sometimes, patients have to take additional doctor trips to obtain their healthcare information, whereas MyHealthPortal can virtually deliver that data anywhere.
On other occasions, doctors don’t always inform patients when there are no health concerns. ‘No news is good news’ doesn’t cut it for some patients though, and MyHealthPortal keeps them up to date on all of it.
By giving people quicker and easier access to their personal health stats, “Patients can have richer conversations with their providers and it enables them that way to better outcomes,” Sookaveiff said.
Interior Health launched the initiative in line with the province’s recommendations to improve patient engagement in health care.
“The portal provides supports to the patient to help them be more empowered and take more control over their individual health care,” he said.
The main goal is to improve system level outcomes for individual patients. Sookaveiff said there aren’t high expectations that MyHealthPortal will have a major impact on the overall health care system.
“Whether or not it improves the system in some way I’m not sure.”
People who missed the opportunity to enrol at the hospital, there is a remote method of signing up by mail, and a self-enrolment program. Visit interiorhealth.ca/MyHealthPortal for more information.
The program works via a secure portal from the Interior Health website. Once they’re signed in, patients can view their health lab results; diagnostic imaging reports (such as X-rays, scans and ultrasound); upcoming appointments; recent hospital visit history; and the opportunity to update address and phone number information.