Alberta Netcare has announced the next step to grant patients access to their own record in Alberta Netcare Portal (ANP).
In fact, it seems to me that I have heard a ‘coming soon' announcement each spring since 2011. But, I think this time we really are getting closer.
Patients will soon have access to Netcare to view their lab results, immunization records, and other clinical notes.
The Alberta Netcare website says that MyHealth Records is a Personal Health Record for Albertans to access some of their health information, such as lab results, medications, and immunizations drawn from Alberta Netcare.
MyHealth Records also provides access to several health and wellness tools to help track and maintain overall health. (See the complete list of features here.
Alberta Health has announced that the first step for patients to access thier own records is to request your MyAlberta Digital ID (MADI) which will eventually act as your login credentials to the ANP.
If you have not already registered for MADI access you may do so here: MyAlberta Digital ID.
You will see 2 options – one for a basic account and one for a verified account. Select the verified account.
I understand that you will receive a personal identification number (PIN) in the mail.
The MyHealth Record app isn't available for download, yet.
Patient Portals Can Reduce Barriers
The use of a patient portal can reduce barriers for patients to access their own records. Other benefits to patient portals may include:
- Increased empowerment to patients who can access their own results in a timely fashion
- Better communication with patients
- Fewer access requests (and increased administration efficiencies)
- Fewer missed appointments (and increased access to care)
How Will Patient Portals Affect Your Healthcare Practice?
Let me know your experiences with patient portals and your questions. I really would like to know your thoughts on how portals may impact your healthcare practice.