Case Study: Technology advances health care for First Nations in British Columbia

Case Study: Technology advances health care for First Nations in British Columbia

A First Nations solution for First Nations health care

A First Nations solution for First Nations health care

When the federal government announced support for implementing Jordan’s Principle - a rule that was adopted to ensure equal access to health care for First Nations children - Cowichan Tribes was looking for investments in proven solutions, that reduce barriers to access health care, especially for First Nations families and children with complex health needs. Over time they adopted tools and technology that promise to support this.

They recognized a gap: how can citizens be active participants in their own health care when only their doctors and nurses have access to their health information? They recognized the need to close the circle of care by giving citizens access to their health information and a simple way to talk with their entire team of health care providers.

In June 2016, Cowichan Tribes and Mustimuhw Information Solutions announced a partnership with McKesson Canada’s RelayHealth to improve health care for members of the Cowichan Tribes First Nation. The project would empower individuals by providing them secure access to their own personal electronic health records and the ability to directly message their health care providers online.

The project – Closing the Circle of Care – honours the Cowichan Tribes’ teachings and approach to care by reinforcing the importance of empowerment and the need to work collectively for improved health and wellness. By encouraging citizens, families, the community and their health providers to be collaborators in their care, each participant becomes an active part of the community’s health care team.

 

Empowered by partnerships

For more than 15 years, Cowichan Tribes has been a leader in designing approaches to health delivery and connectivity that reflect a First Nations philosophy of individual empowerment, including the use of the Mustimuhw community electronic medical record (cEMR). Together with RelayHealth this commitment is taken even further.

This pilot project – the first of its kind in British Columbia – will connect  patients and  health care providers, and will be integrated with their EMR through the support of Canada Health Infoway.

There are currently 920,000 Canadian patient records maintained in RelayHealth – an innovative service with a web-based interface that provides a complete and secure information flow between patients and all of their health care providers, wherever they are located. RelayHealth connects existing electronic medical records (EMRs) and other existing sources of clinical data, avoiding the need for new infrastructure or a change in provider if a patient moves.

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