MyChartâ„˘: Coming to South West Ontario
The HITS eHealth Office is working to deploy Sunnybrookâ€™s MyChart patient portal in South West Ontario so patients can securely access their electronic health records from participating healthcare sites in Ontario.
The project includes two key parts:Â
- Integrating data from ClinicalConnect with MyChart
- Deploying MyChart to patients residing in South West Ontario
The project scope includes integrating data from the 72 acute care hospital sites, 4 LHINs' Home & Community Care Services and regional cancer programs already aggregated with ClinicalConnect, with MyChart. The project is focusing on two domains of the patient experience: eViews and eVisits.
- eViews will provide patients access to their clinical information such as lab results, diagnostic reports, medications, allergies and clinical notes.
- eVisits will deliver enhanced functionality to digitally distribute patient education content and surveys. The project is also investigating the feasibility for future implementation of secure messaging between patients and providers, and online appointment booking. At this time, data contained in provincial repositories (assets) managed by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), will not be integrated nor available to patients using MyChart.
Deployment & Adoption
When the two solutions are 'connected', MyChart will then be deployed at up to four early adopter sites in south west Ontario; a deployment that's expected to begin in summer 2018. At that time, patients registered at the following hospital clinics/programs will have the opportunity to register to use MyChart:Â
- South West LHIN: London Health Sciences' Regional Cancer pProgram, in collaboration with St. Joseph's Health Care London
- HNHB LHIN: Hamilton Health Sciences' McMaster Children's Hospital (Complex Care, Transitions and Bariatrics Clinics)Â Â
As success is realized within this project, MyChart could be made available for patients registered to other participating healthcare sites in South West Ontario, beyond those sites currently participating as early adopter organizations.
How MyChart Can Help Patients Become More Involved in Their Care
- Provides access to clinical information directly from electronic patient record systems, including lab results and diagnostic reports.
- Physicians and clinicians may not need to duplicate tests if you have access to the most recent test results available.
- Provides access to information that may aid in your care in an emergency is quickly accessible, no matter where you are.
- Enables you to better manage your own and your familyâ€™s health information in one record.
- Offers a personal diary to document symptoms, capture side effects of medications and record health information such as daily blood pressure levels, diet, weight and heart rate. This information can be shared with your health care provider.Â
- Allows you to share your health information electronically with multiple physician/clinicians to keep them informed.
- Helps you take control of your health management at home with tools to track health status, vaccinations and screenings such as mammograms and physicals.
- Can help your physician or healthcare team make care decisions with you when you are travelling.
Check back often for the most up to date news about MyChart: Coming to South West Ontario!
Hamilton Health Sciences receives funding to deploy digital health access channel for residents of South West Ontario (News Release)
HHS obtains funding for patient portal in SW Ontario (Canadian Healthcare Technology article)
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