Alberta Netcare Portal (ANP)

Alberta Netcare Portal (ANP) has evolved over the last few years as the window into Alberta Netcare’s Electronic Health Record (EHR). Alberta Netcare Portal provides authorized Health Care Providers access to a patient’s key health information such as patient demographics, hospital visits, laboratory data, transcribed reports, patient event history and drug data. It also provides access to online decision support and reference tools including a warning management tool and a database of all available drugs and their common dosages. Links to information support such as Clinical Guidelines from the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) and the RxA are also available.

Alberta Netcare Applications

A variety of applications enable ANP's "viewer" role into the Alberta Netcare EHR:

  • Person Directory (PD) is an application that delivers personal demographic information that helps to uniquely identify each patient.
  • Pharmaceutical Information Network (PIN) links community physicians, pharmacists, hospitals and other authorized Health Care Providers, giving them confidential access to patient medication profiles and providing drug decision support tools for prescribing.
  • The Diagnostic Image (DI) Viewer is a diagnostic image and results viewer tool.
  • eReferral is an application used to manage and track referrals throughout the province.

Sources of Alberta Netcare Data

More and more provincial and regional patient data is becoming available via Alberta Netcare, including:

  • Patient demographics
  • Drug data (prescriptions, dispense information, allergies and intolerances)
  • Lab data
  • Diagnostic Imaging data
  • Transcribed reports
  • Patient event history

An up to date Data Availability Table is available from the login page of Alberta Netcare Portal which lists the current data sources. Look under Alberta Netcare Information> Data Availability Tables.

Definitions

Affiliate

According to the HIA, an affiliate includes:
  • Employees of a custodian.
  • Any person that performs a service for a custodian (agent, appointee, volunteer or student).
  • Health care providers who can admit/ treat patients at hospitals and other health care practitioners with formal access to hospital resources.


Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP)

Health coverage for all new and returning Alberta residents to recieve insured hospital and physician services.

Authorized Health Care Provider

An authorized health care provider is an authorized custodian or their affiliates who works at an authorized health care facility and has been granted access to Alberta Netcare for direct patient care. The facility must have completed privacy (PIA) and security assessments (p-ORA) prior to Alberta Netcare being deployed.

Custodian

According to the HIA, a custodian includes:
  • Hospital boards, nursing home operators, provincial health boards, Alberta cancer care centres, etc.
  • Health care provider paid under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) to provide health services.
  • Licensed pharmacy and/or pharmacist.


Electronic Health Record (EHR)

A clinical Health Information System that links community physicians, pharmacists, hospitals, home care and other authorized health care providers.


Electronic Medical Record (EMR)

The digital equivalent of the paper patient chart - the EMR is a site's internal health information system.

Health Information Act (HIA)

Establishes the rules that must be followed for the collection, use, disclosure and protection of health information. Custodians and affiliates apply and administer the Health Information Act.

For further information on the HIA, visit the Health Information Act page.



Person Directory (PD)

The web-enabled application that delivers person-identifiable demographic and Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) eligibility information to authorized health care providers.

For more information on PD, go to the Person Directory page.



Pharmaceutical Information Network (PIN)

PIN links community physicians, pharmacists, hospitals and other authorized health care providers, giving them confidential access to patient medication histories and providing drug decision support tools for prescribing.

For more information on PIN go to the the Pharmaceutical Information Network page.