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Alberta Netcare: Created in Alberta for Alberta Health Professionals

How Does Alberta Netcare Work?

Alberta Netcare is not a single database, but rather a network of data repositories and information systems. Each has an important function and together they form the provincial Electronic Health Record.

Clinical data is collected through point-of-service systems (in hospitals, laboratories, testing facilities, pharmacies, and clinics), and is sent through secure messaging to the provincial repositories and information systems. When a health professional logs on to the Alberta Netcare, and searches for a patient record, the portal retrieves all of the available information from the provincial systems and presents it as a unified patient record.

How Does MyHealth Records Work?

MyHealth Records empowers Albertans to manage their care by providing a secure and convenient place online to view select personal health records drawn from Alberta Netcare, Alberta’s electronic health record. Users will also be able to enter and track their own health information to later share with their healthcare providers. Research has highlighted improvements in the quality of patient-healthcare provider interactions, with patients reporting they are better informed about their own health, such as being better prepared for healthcare visits and understanding the impact of treatments and preventative care on clinical outcomes. Many health systems have seen significant benefit from providing patients direct access to test results. There are often fears that it will drive additional workload when in reality this is not typically the case. In some cases, electronic access to lab test results can reduce the number of unnecessary visits and follow-up calls to inquire about results.

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; and
  • printing reports and health records to share with healthcare providers. More features will be added to MyHealth Records in the months and years after it launches.

Research has highlighted improvements in the quality of patient healthcare provider interactions, with patients reporting they are better informed about their own health, such as being better prepared for healthcare visits and understanding the impact of treatments and preventative care on clinical outcomes. Many health systems have seen significant benefit from providing patients direct access to test results. There are often fears that it will drive additional workload when in reality this is not typically the case. In some cases, electronic access to lab test results can reduce the number of unnecessary visits and follow-up calls to inquire about results.

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