Case Study: Nova Scotia Leading Canada on E-Health with MyHealthNS Implementation

Case Study: Nova Scotia Leading Canada on E-Health with MyHealthNS Implementation

Changing what it means to involve patients in their care

Changing what it means to involve patients in their care

Patients have been asking to be active partners in their health and have a voice when it comes to care.

Nova Scotia has taken a step forward in creating a more patient-centred health system that empowers patients to participate in their own care.

In July 2016, The Department of Health and Wellness in partnership with McKesson Canada announced a province-wide roll out of a new personal health record which will transform health care for every Nova Scotian.

This innovative solution, RelayHealth, which is branded as MyHealthNS within the framework of this initiative, will provide the means for every patient to have 24/7 access to their personal health record.

Through this province-wide personal health record system, the Government of Nova Scotia is now leading Canada on what it means to involve patients in their health care. Using the RelayHealth.ca platform, individuals can register for a personal health record. They can add, view, and manage their information on any web-enabled device, such as a computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Patients who are linked to providers may have access to their test results and communicate securely with them, depending on the MyHealthNS modules enabled at the provider’s practice.

Enabling this level of patient involvement in their care is consistent with best practices in achieving personalization of health systems, and builds upon the success of a two-year pilot of the system in Nova Scotia, involving over 6,000 patients.

Read about what physicians have to say about the pilot.

RelayHealth

 

RelayHealth

Learn more about McKesson Canada’s RelayHealth.

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Greater patient empowerment and system transformation

Greater patient empowerment and system transformation

Doctors reinforced the importance of letting patients control their own scheduling, a key feature of the new secure online health record and one of many factors that increased the speed with which doctors could help their patients.

Over the two-year pilot, the health services provided by doctors increased 22%. Extrapolating that impact across Nova Scotia, the result would be the equivalent of adding over 770 new doctors to the province.

Province-wide electronic health records solutions, of which MyHealthNS is but one example, provides the foundation for greater patient empowerment and system transformation.

Nova Scotia is a model for what can be achieved when patients, governments, and industry work together to create innovative solutions to the complex issues in health care, enhancing the health of patients, and building strength in Canada’s universal system.

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Electronic Interfacing with patients is the way of the future

 

''Electronic Interfacing with patients is the way of the future.''

Doctors in Nova Scotia share their testimonials in using MyHealthNS.

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