Improving patient access to health records

Improving patient access to health records

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.