What is MyHealth Records?

How Does MyHealth Records work?

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.  

Features include:   

  • viewing medications dispensed from community pharmacies. Medication history includes any medication dispensed up to 18 months prior to signing up to MyHealth Records;
  • viewing most immunizations administered in Alberta. Users will also be able to enter immunizations received outside of the province;
  • viewing the results of common lab tests completed within 18 months of the sign-up date to MyHealth Records;
  • recording blood pressure and blood glucose;
  • keeping journals to track mood, sleep, weight and fitness goals;
  • uploading and track information from health devices, including supported blood pressure monitors, blood glucose meters and fitness trackers like FitBit;
  • printing reports and health records to share with healthcare providers; and 
  • More features will be added to MyHealth Records in the future. 

A Personal Health Record (PHR) is an electronic, lifelong resource of health information needed by individuals to make health decisions. Individuals own and manage the information in the PHR, which comes from healthcare providers and the individual. The PHR is maintained in a secure and private environment, with the individual determining rights of access. The PHR does not replace the legal record of any provider. (American Health Information Management Association).

What is MyHealth.Alberta.ca?

MyHealth.Alberta.ca is Alberta’s new online health resource. It offers valuable information on more than 8,700 health topics and tools that can help you make important decisions about your health.

When visiting the website, you can search health topics, find information on medications and a symptom checker can help you determine your health care options. This may be a home treatment for a minor ailment, or information on when and where to get professional help. The information on MyHealth.Alberta.ca can also prepare you for an upcoming consultation, test or treatment.

These are the types of content you can find on MyHealth.Alberta.ca:

Health A-Z: find common health topics, topics by gender, by age and by body part, a symptom checker and other health tools.

Healthy living: find information about fitness and exercise, healthy eating, healthy weight, dealing with stress, travel health, aging well, healthy kids, mental health, and sexual health.

Tests and treatments guides: find out why and how the test is done, how to prepare for it, how it feels, potential risks, results, what affects the test, and what to think about.

Medication guides: find out how and how well they work, why they are used, potential side effects, and important things to keep in mind while using the medication. There is also information on the impact on children.

Health services: find an Alberta health professional, services and program details and locations.

Health Alerts: provide warnings about potential health issues in Alberta, restaurant inspections, and travel health advisories (information on disease outbreaks around the world).

Decision tools: can help you make a decision about a treatment option (such as should I get an insulin pump?) and decide how you want to care for your body (should I breastfeed my baby?) These tools use both facts and feelings to help you make decisions about your health and they can be found throughout the website.

Health checkup tools: these are personal calculators that can help you figure out how you’re doing (such as if you’re a healthy weight, if you’re at risk for heart attack) and make changes in your lifestyle that can improve your health and manage health conditions. These tools can be found throughout the website.

MyHealth.Alberta.ca was developed in partnership between Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services. Content was reviewed by a panel of clinical experts to ensure it is accurate and meaningful to Albertans. As content, tools and functionality expand, continued feedback from health care providers and Albertans will be vital.

Visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca to explore health information and tools.

 

Privacy and Security for MyHealth Records

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