• New Website Allows Saskatchewan Residents To Access Their Personal Health Information Anywhere, Anytime

    Released on October 8, 2019

    Saskatchewan residents can now look at their laboratory test results and other health records online anywhere, anytime.

    Rural and Remote Health Minister Warren Kaeding, today launched MySaskHealthRecord—a secure website that gives eligible Saskatchewan residents quick and easy access to their personal health information.

    “This is a game changer, giving patients the information they need to play an active role in their health care,” Kaeding said.  “Some provinces that offer similar programs have delays built in so that people have to wait to see their own personal health information, and some provinces only provide limited lab results or require people to have a family physician in order to sign up.

    “Saskatchewan is leading the nation with the rollout of MySaskHealthRecord.  Our program gives people access to their lab results, plus other important health information, as soon as it’s available.”

    “Today’s announcement is the result of years of work and testing by eHealth Saskatchewan, TELUS Health and collaboration with our health system partners,” eHealth Saskatchewan CEO Jim Hornell said.  “Everyone involved in this project shares a common goal—improving patient care.  We’re proud of the role we played in creating an innovative and beneficial program that truly puts patients first.”

    MySaskHealthRecord is open to Saskatchewan residents who are 18 years of age and older.  To register, residents will need a valid Saskatchewan health card, plus a Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) driver’s licence or SGI photo ID card.

    Residents who register will have quick and easy access to their personal health information, including laboratory test results, medical imaging reports and clinical visit history, including hospital admissions.  Residents will also be able to add their own personal information to track and generate reports; set medication and appointment reminders; and upload information from health devices such as wearable activity trackers.

    “Congratulations to Saskatchewan for taking this big step to give residents online access to their personal health information,” Canada Health Infoway President and CEO Michael Green said.  “Patients and the health system will see significant benefits from things like fewer unnecessary phone calls and less time taken off work for routine medical appointments.  More importantly, greater access to information empowers patients to be more active participants in their care, and that can result in better health outcomes.”

    All personal health information in MySaskHealthRecord is safe and private.  Residents who sign up will only be able to access their accounts through a highly secure, personalized login.

    To register for a MySaskHealthRecord account, go to www.eHealthSask.ca.

    About eHealth:
    eHealth Saskatchewan is a Treasury Board Crown Corporation comprised of many different business areas that all share the same overall mission to support and improve health care in Saskatchewan.

    The organization has been mandated by the province to lead all IT services for the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and set up a single provincial IT service that supports the delivery of health care throughout the province.

    eHealth also collects, combines, stores and manages the electronic health records of Saskatchewan people.  The organization also manages a variety of programs and services that give health care providers secure electronic access to important patient information from anywhere in the province. 

    Health Registries and Vital Statistics are also a part of eHealth.  Residents can apply for, update or replace a Saskatchewan Health Card for insured health services and order birth, stillbirth, marriage, death and genealogy certificates.  eHealth also processes applications for legal name changes and changes of sex designation.

    Canada Health Infoway helps to improve the health of Canadians by working with partners to accelerate the development, adoption and effective use of digital health across Canada.  Through their investments, they help deliver better quality and access to care and more efficient delivery of health services for patients and clinicians.  Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government.

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    For more information, contact:

    Ian Hanna
    eHealth Saskatchewan
    Regina
    Phone: 306-337-0687
    Email: Ian.Hanna@eHealthSask.ca

    Posted 2019-10-08 17:10:33
  • Saskatchewan People want their Health Information at their Fingertips

    Saskatchewan people have made it clear—they want quick and easy access to their own personal health information. That's the message eHealth Saskatchewan (eHealth) has been hearing from an increasingly large number of people and many of them speak from experience.

    In 2016, more than 1,100 Saskatchewan people participated in eHealth's six-month pilot program called the Citizen Health Information Portal—or CHIP—a secure website that gives participants secure access to their own personal health information such as laboratory results, prescriptions, immunizations, and hospital visits. Participants could also add personal health information, set reminders to take medications, track trends in their health data and results, and enter upcoming appointments.

    Most of the people who took part in this unique opportunity to manage their own health were not disappointed. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. So much so that eHealth continues to renew all participants' access to CHIP to this day.

    Throughout the six-month pilot, eHealth conducted surveys, focus groups and advisory committee meetings with both participants and health care providers in an effort to gather as much feedback as possible about the program. Eighty-nine per cent of participants said that having access to their personal health information has been very valuable and 88 per cent said that having access to their health information will help them better manage an existing health issue and avoid future health issues. Seventy-four per cent of participants said they experienced a positive impact from sharing their personal health information with a family member or health care provider.

    Medical doctor Milo Fink says the pilot was a game-changer.

    "It seems to me that people themselves are in the best position to make the safest and most efficient decisions about their health when they have quick and easy access to their own health information," said Dr. Fink. "Rolling out a program like CHIP to all Saskatchewan people would create the potential for one of the most important health care improvements I have seen in my career."

    Many of the participants agree with Dr. Fink. Some have even said that the pilot program is changing their lives for the better.

    Regina resident Lisa Mulgrew is one such participant. She says the pilot enabled her to take a more active role in managing Type 1 diabetes as well as her overall health.

    "I went to my family physician to get some bloodwork done and was excited to see that, soon after, all of my results were available in my CHIP profile," said Mulgrew. "The program even explains if my results are normal or high and I can compare all of my current and previous results with the click of a button. Plus, all of my prescriptions are listed on my profile so I can easily keep track of them -- it's the best thing ever!

    "I have been telling people about the program and showing it to my family and friends. They all love the idea and hope a program like this becomes available to everyone."

    Tyler Moss is another participant who values having quick and easy access to his health information. At the age of 35, Moss was diagnosed with Left Renal Artery Stenosis. Since then, he's had frequent blood tests and other medical tests.

    "I am able to go into the system anytime I want to look up my information and ensure that it is both timely and up-to-date," said Moss. "I like being able to access the information at my fingertips."

    Easy online access to health records can lead to improved patient care as it allows health care providers to make quicker, more informed decisions. While quick access to health information could be beneficial for anyone, it's especially important for those who have recently changed doctors, moved within Canada, or need medical attention while traveling anywhere in the world.

    Saskatchewan people continue to show a strong interest in CHIP. eHealth continues to receive questions on a regular basis about when a similar program will be offered more broadly in Saskatchewan. As such, eHealth's list of people waiting to gain access to a future program grows every week.

    The pilot program is just one of the many ways that eHealth is working to make health care information more readily available to both patients and their health care teams. 

    Joanne Petersen, Registered Nurse and President of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association, says today's society is more digitally connected and points to norms like online shopping and banking.

    "With these trends, comes the need for health information to connect digitally," said Petersen. "eHealth's CHIP connected Saskatchewan residents to their electronic heath information like never before. When residents are actively engaged and connected to their personal health information, the benefits to their health are profound.

    "Imagine a Type 1 diabetic feeling the satisfaction of reaching their target HbgA1C and walking proudly into their Nurse Practitioner's clinic knowing in advance they have met their goal. Or a chronic kidney disease client following their renal panel and electrolyte levels from home, catching early worsening levels and seeking care sooner.

    "Expect to see a population much more engaged and involved in their care. After all, it is their health information."

    Because the pilot has been so well received by both participants and health care providers, eHealth continues to work towards a broader rollout of a similar program for all Saskatchewan people.

    Stay tuned for more exciting updates from eHealth!

    Posted 2019-06-25 16:06:38
  • Important Patient Information Just a Click Away for Saskatchewan Providers

    ​Saskatchewan health-care providers now have a more complete picture of their patient's health thanks to the collaborative efforts of 3sHealth, eHealth Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

    Since 2016, our organizations have been working to add transcribed medical reports from Saskatchewan health-care facilities into the provincial Electronic Health Record Viewer (eHR Viewer)—a secure website containing patient health information.

    We are pleased to announce that our work on this province-wide project officially wrapped up in May 2019. Now, all Saskatchewan health-care providers with access to the eHR Viewer can quickly and easily view their patients' transcribed reports and documents from most hospitals and health-care facilities in the province. Those documents include consultations, history and physical information, diagnostic reports, operative and procedure reports, inpatient progress notes, outpatient reports, and discharge summaries.

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    “Saskatchewan physicians, such as Dr. Mark Brown (pictured here), can now use new technologies to generate care reports on their patients and quickly add those reports to the provincial Electronic Health Record Viewer (eHR Viewer)."

     

    Since 2011, the eHR Viewer has given authorized health-care providers electronic access to patient information such as lab results, immunizations, prescription history, medical imaging reports, clinical documents and hospital visits. Now, providers can also use it to access transcribed reports and documents. As a result, this important health information follows patients wherever they need care or treatment in Saskatchewan.

    Before transcribed reports were standardized and made available in the eHR Viewer, health-care providers could not easily access the transcribed reports completed in another health-care facility. Providers would have to contact the facilities where the reports originated and request to have the reports faxed over. Thanks to the work of our organizations to add transcribed information into the eHR Viewer, health-care providers, like Chantal Ansell, spend less time requesting information and have more time for patient care.

    "I can now use the eHR Viewer to access my patients' transcribed reports, such as hospital discharge summaries, which saves me valuable time because I no longer have to request patient reports and wait for them to arrive," said Chantal Ansell, MD in Saskatoon. "Having easily accessible, reliable, and legible patient information available at my fingertips allows me to spend more time with my patients and directly improves overall patient care."

    When health-care teams across Saskatchewan can access crucial health information anytime and from anywhere in the province, patients receive faster, safer, and better-quality care. More than 9,600 health-care providers have access to the eHR Viewer, including physicians, pharmacists, and nurses, and our health system is working to grow that number every day. As that number grows, so too does the number of patients who benefit from better care. eHealth estimates that, currently, more than 240,000 people benefit from the eHR Viewer every month. As more information becomes available in the eHR Viewer, it means patients will spend less time waiting for high-quality follow-up care and can get back to doing what they love most.

    Both the eHR Viewer and the provincial dictation and transcription service have privacy protections in place so that only those who need to know a patient's information are allowed to access it.

    3sHealth, eHealth Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan Health Authority will continue to work together to expand and improve the important health information available to providers in the eHR Viewer.

    Posted 2019-05-23 09:51:23
  • Most Popular Baby Names for 2018

    A list of the top 20 baby names for 2018 was released by eHealth Saskatchewan today. Liam was the most popular name for baby boys for the ninth year in a row, and Olivia was the most popular name for baby girls for the second year in a row. The second most popular boy name was Oliver and the second most popular girl name was Emma. 

    There were 84 baby boys named Liam in 2018, followed by Oliver, Benjamin and Noah. There were 69 baby girls named Olivia, followed by Emma, Harper and Sophia.

    Three new baby boy names—Ryker, Emmett and Elijah—made their debut in the top 20 list since eHealth started reporting the most popular baby names in 2008. Two new baby girl names—Ellie and Ivy—made the top 20 list for the first time in 2018.

    Several of the most popular baby boy names from 2017 did not make a reappearance into the 2018 top 20 list, including Owen, Daniel, Gabriel, Asher, Leo and Hunter. The baby girl names that did not carryover from 2017 were Addison, Brielle, Aria, Quinn and Madison.

    In 2018, 15,364 live births were registered in Saskatchewan, which is a decrease of 245 from the number of live births registered in 2017, which totalled 15,609. These numbers do not include Saskatchewan mothers who gave birth outside of the province. 

    Top 20 Girl Names

     

    Top 20 Boy Names

    Rank

    Name

    Total Named

    Rank

    Name

    Total Named

    1

    OLIVIA

    69

    1

    LIAM

    84

    2

    EMMA

    62

    2

    OLIVER

    61

    3

    HARPER

    55

    3

    BENJAMIN

    59

    4

    AVA

    48

    4

    NOAH

    58

    5

    SOPHIA

    47

    5

    JACOB

    55

    6

    ELLA

    45

    6

    LINCOLN

    54

    7

    CHARLOTTE

    43

    7

    JACK

    50

    8

    EMILY

    40

    7

    LOGAN

    50

    8

    LILY

    40

    9

    JAMES

    47

    8

    SCARLETT

    40

    10

    HUDSON

    46

    11

    HANNAH

    38

    10

    LEVI

    46

    12

    ABIGAIL

    37

    12

    WILLIAM

    45

    13

    ELIZABETH

    35

    13

    LUCAS

    44

    13

    ELLIE

    35

    14

    ETHAN

    42

    15

    PAISLEY

    34

    14

    MASON

    42

    16

    AVERY

    33

    14

    RYKER

    42

    16

    GRACE

    33

    17

    ELIJAH

    40

    18

    HAZEL

    31

    17

    GRAYSON

    40

    19

    AMELIA

    30

    19

    ALEXANDER

    39

    20

    IVY

    29

    20

    EMMETT

    39

     

    Media contact:

    Lisa Triantafyllou
    eHealth Saskatchewan
    306-337-5045
    Cell: 306-581-7342
    Email: Lisa.Triantafyllou@eHealthSask.ca

    Posted 2019-03-12 09:16:51
  • New Patient Safety Section Created for Health Care Providers

    Providers now have a single point of access for information and tools to promote a culture of safety when providing care.

    The new section features information and resources related to two key areas:​

    • Patient Safety Alerts; and
    • Medication Safety.​

    Patient Safety Alerts focus on sharing information about a critical incident or event, along with recommendations to prevent the event from recurring. These alerts also promote learning, and help to improve health system quality and safety.

    Medication Reconciliation is a formal process in which healthcare providers work together with patients, families and care providers to ensure consistent communication of medication information across patient transitions of care.​

    Learn more about actions taken across the health system to improve patient safety by visiting Patient Safety​.​​

    Posted 2018-04-02 15:21:55
  • eHealth Saskatchewan Reviewing Data Sharing Process with Elections Saskatchewan

    eHealth Saskatchewan has committed to taking steps with Elections Saskatchewan (Elections SK) to address a privacy breach, in which information about individuals under the age of 16 was inadvertently provided to Elections SK from November 2015 to January 2017. Although general demographic information and health card numbers were provided, no clinical health information on individuals was shared.

    eHealth and Elections SK have had a data sharing agreement since August 2015, under which eHealth discloses the name, date of birth, Health Services Number (HSN), address and residency status of individuals 16 years of age and older, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a permanent register of voters.

    “eHealth is committed to ensuring the privacy and security of personal health information, which is why we are taking this incident seriously and immediately informed the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner,” eHealth Saskatchewan CEO Susan Antosh said. “We extend our sincere apologies to those people affected by the breach.”

    The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s investigation report recommends that legislative changes should occur before eHealth continues to disclose information to Elections SK and recommends that eHealth publicly notify individuals whose information was disclosed. eHealth has received the Privacy Commissioner's report and has agreed to comply with the recommendations.

    Anyone who is concerned that their personal information was shared with Elections Saskatchewan can contact eHealth's privacy office at 1-855-eHS-LINK (347-5465) or by email at privacyandaccess@ehealthsask.ca.

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    For more information, contact:

    Lisa Adam
    eHealth Saskatchewan
    Regina
    Phone: 306-337-0976
    Email: lisa.adam@ehealthsask.ca​​

    Posted 2017-06-28 09:49:27
  • Providers: We’re Making It Easier to Access Online Services

    Having to keep track of multiple usernames and passwords isn’t convenient, we know. In fact, we’ve heard at many of our workshops that this is a major pain point. We couldn’t agree more.

    That’s why we couldn’t be more excited to announce the official rollout of our Active Directory project. This is an exciting step forward for everyone.

    This project paves the way for providers to eventually use just one – yes, one – username and pa​ssword to access all clinical applications eHealth Saskatchewan hosts.

    The first users to benefit from this are those who are registered to access the Pharmaceutical Information Program, otherwise known as PIP. Other applications will undergo the migration process in early 2017.​

    All PIP users’ login ID and passwords will stay the same. All that is different is that PIP users will need to choose “HEALTH” from the dropdown menu when logging in. It’s that simple.

    It’s important to remember that not everyone will be able to use this enhanced login system. Changes of this size need to take place in stages. This helps us avoid service disruptions.

    Non-Regional users, which include Community Users, have been migrated. This user type typically includes Pharmacists and Physicians registered to access PIP. Users will receive official notice from their approver via email.

    If you encounter any issues logging in to PIP following this change, contact the eHealth Service Desk at:


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    We’re looking forward to the journey ahead. As always, thank you for your feedback. You’re helping make our online services better for everyone.​​

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    Posted 2017-01-12 11:43:28

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