For patients in South West Ontario who want to access their health records online, the wait is getting shorter.
Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) has received funding to launch a portal which will serve 3.6 million patients from Hamilton, across Southern Ontario and as far as Windsor. It’s the largest regional deployment of a patient-facing access channel in Ontario.
“Make patients’ access to their health record information a reality.”
The portal will integrate data from HHS’ ClinicalConnect system – which aggregates health records from Ontario hospitals, health systems and cancer programs – and deliver it to patients through Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s MyChart application, which is partnering with HHS on this deployment.
Patients will have a comprehensive view of their health record information. This includes being able to read their test results, share records with their doctors and caregivers, enter their own health information within a secure personal health record space, access health education materials, and securely communicate with health providers.
“As the solution provider for ClinicalConnect, we have experienced first-hand the benefits and impact that electronic health solutions have on improved patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Farrow, Vice President & Chief Information Officer at HHS. “Now, we are pleased to partner with Sunnybrook Health Sciences to make patients’ access to their health record information a reality in South West Ontario.”
The portal’s initial deployment will begin with roughly 65,000 patients. The initiative is being funded by Canada Health Infoway, a federally funded organization which invests in projects that connect technology with health care.