• Saskatchewan Launches Public Engagement on Virtual Care

    The Government of Saskatchewan is seeking feedback from patients and families on their experiences so far with virtual care.

    Saskatchewan quickly adopted new methods to safely connect patients to their doctor or another health care provider two years ago without stepping out their door, through virtual care.

    Virtual care includes technologies such as video conferencing, telephone, text, and email.

    The Government of Saskatchewan wants to learn more about how virtual care is working for you. Or if you haven't used virtual care yet, why not?

    Go to virtualcare.saskatchewan.ca to participate. There are several ways to provide input, such as voting in polls, completing a survey, and sharing a story or idea. Participation opportunities will be open until April 30, 2022.

    If you require an alternate method of participation, please contact (306) 787-6750 or email virtualcare@health.gov.sk.ca.

    Posted 2022-03-10 08:28:07
  • IT Security Notice: Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Text Message Reported

    Don't tap that link!

    eHealth Saskatchewan has received reports of a text message scam about COVID-19 vaccines. The message poses as an online vaccination scheduling website contacting you about your third COVID-19 vaccine. The fraudulent message contains a malicious link, which may ask you to download software that contains malware.

    Malware can infect your device and put you at risk for identity fraud by exposing your personal information, banking details and online account credentials. Do not tap the link!

    A similar text message scam was identified by the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) in September 2021. CAFC offered the following advice:

    Warning Signs and How to Protect Yourself

    • Beware of unsolicited text messages and emails from individuals or organizations asking you to tap/click on a link or attachment.
    • Watch for spelling mistakes in unsolicited messages.
    • Verify the hyperlink behind the link's text or button by hovering over the text with your mouse.
    • Do not tap/click on links or attachments in unsolicited messages; they can contain viruses or spyware.
    • Contact the agency directly to verify the legitimacy.
    • Learn more tips and tricks for protecting yourself from fraud.

    Anyone who suspects they have been the victim of cybercrime or fraud should report it to their local police and to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre's online reporting system or by phone at 1-888-495-8501.

    Not a victim?  You should still report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

    Posted 2022-01-14 14:08:05
  • Two New Apps Launched To Support Proof Of COVID-19 Vaccination

    Released on September 29, 2021

    To support Saskatchewan's mandatory proof of vaccination requirements, businesses or organizations may now choose to download and use a free app that will read QR codes presented by customers - SK Vax Verifier. This app can scan the QR code on citizens' COVID-19 vaccination certificates and determine if a person is fully vaccinated or not. 

    The SK Vax Verifier app is available in both the Apple and Google Play app stores.

    * The verifier app is available on Google Play, though it may not come up in the search as the publishing process can take up to 24hrs.  If you search for “SK Vax Verifier” (with quotation marks) it will show up and can be downloaded.

    Once the publishing process is complete by Google the quotation marks will no longer be needed.

    The proof of vaccination requirements for specific business sectors comes into effect October 1. 

    "Using the SK Vax Verifier app is a quick and easy way for businesses and organizations to determine if a customer is fully vaccinated according to provincial criteria," Health Minister Paul Merriman said. "I encourage businesses and organizations to download this handy tool."

    When an individual's QR code is scanned with the SK Vax Verifier app, the app will show either a green indicator to verify the person is fully vaccinated or a red indicator to show they are not. Information is secure, and is not saved/retained in the scanning process. The green/red indicator is based on "fully vaccinated" criteria determined by government, meaning 14-days after receiving:

    • the second of two doses of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna) or AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (all interchangeable between the two doses), or 
    • 1 dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.

    The SK Vax Verifier app is not mandatory for business use and QR codes are not required to demonstrate proof of vaccination. Options to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, which businesses may consider are:

    • A QR code/MySaskHealthRecord vaccine certificate uploaded to SK Vax Wallet
    • A printed copy of your MySaskHealthRecord vaccine certificate (with or without a QR code)
    • A screenshot of your MySaskHealthRecord vaccine certificate (with or without a QR code) saved to your device
    • An earlier version of your MySaskHealthRecord COVID-19 vaccine certificate
    • Your wallet card issued at time of vaccinations
    • A COVID-19 vaccine printout from Saskatchewan Health Authority Public Health

    Businesses requiring proof of vaccination will also require ID from anyone 18 and older. Youth aged 12-17 will also need to show ID unless accompanied by an adult with proof of vaccination and ID.  

    Citizens may also, if they choose, acquire the free SK Vax Wallet app to download their vaccine record and have it easily accessible in the app on their phone. SK Vax Wallet is not mandatory. Benefits include:

    • A personal green/red notice to let you know if you meet the vaccination requirements before you get to an event/business (based on government's vaccination criteria, when scanned by SK Vax Verifier).
    • The ability to keep your whole family's vaccination certificates in one, easy-to-access place.

    The SK Vax Wallet app is available in the Apple App and Google Play stores.

    To get your COVID-19 vaccination certificate through MySaskHealthRecord (or to create a new account), visit www.ehealthsask.ca/MySaskHealthRecord/MySaskHealthRecord/. Website traffic is expected to be busy and delays may be experienced as more people sign up for MySaskHealthRecord in preparation for October 1 proof of vaccination requirements. Patience is appreciated.

    Once an account is created, individuals may access their COVID-19 vaccination record as well as their complete immunization history, lab test results, including COVID-19 tests, and other health history. It may take up to 24 hours for your record to be updated, after your account is activated.


    For more information, contact:

    Phone: 306-787-4083
    Email: media@health.gov.sk.ca

    Links (to the videos)

    For Individuals - SK Vax Wallet App -   https://youtu.be/TzvFj5-A8oI
    For Business - SK Vax Verifier App - https://youtu.be/TczFwfI-J5Y
    Getting Scanned - Interaction - https://youtu.be/tgtIDosERMQ

    SK wallet iPhone : https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/sk-vax-wallet/id1585694601
    SK verifier iPhone: https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/sk-vax-verifier/id1585430532
    SK verifier Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=%22SK%20Vax%20verifier%22
    SK wallet Google Play: https://bit.ly/3a7TWzT

    Posted 2021-09-29 11:04:52
  • QR Codes Temporarily Removed From COVID-19 Vaccination Records

    Released on September 24, 2021

    After being alerted to an issue downloading patient QR codes, the QR code is being temporarily removed from citizens’ COVID-19 vaccination records through MySaskHealthRecord.

    In an abundance of caution, QR codes will not be issued on vaccination certificates until early next week. Citizens are currently unable to view their proof of vaccination certificate in MySaskHealthRecord, although the vaccines administered still show.

    Tomorrow, citizens will be able to download or print their proof of vaccination record, which will still include their name and details about the vaccines administered. However, the QR code will be absent from the record.

    IT has identified that the COVID 19 vaccination records of up to 19 residents have the potential of displaying in other citizens’ QR codes. Information from one individual has been identified to date.

    Citizens who have already printed/downloaded/captured the QR code on their COVID-19 vaccination record between September 19-24, are asked to destroy/delete any records with their COVID-19 QR code as the code will be made invalid. They are also asked to contact eHealth Saskatchewan’s Privacy Officer if they have noticed another individual’s name appear when their QR code is scanned. Email at privacyandaccess@eHealthsask.ca.

    "We are working closely with our vendor to investigate and resolve any issues and prevent other problems,” eHealth Saskatchewan Vice President of Programs and Technology Davin Church said. “We understand the high demand in Saskatchewan for records to meet proof of vaccination requirements.”

    Other options which may be considered as proof of COVID-19 vaccination:

    • Wallet card or earlier version of your MySaskHealthRecord COVID-19 vaccine certificate
    • COVID-19 vaccine printout from Saskatchewan Health Authority Public Health

    The individual whose name and information has been erroneously captured has been contacted. The Office of the Information and Privacy Officer of Saskatchewan has been made aware of this issue.

    For more information, contact:

    Phone: 306-787-4083
    Email: media@health.gov.sk.ca

    Posted 2021-09-24 16:19:07
  • COVID Vaccination Record Available with QR Code

    Released on September 20, 2021

    Saskatchewan citizens with a MySaskHealthRecord account at eHealth Saskatchewan are now able to view their COVID-19 vaccination record in a new format that includes a QR (Quick Response) code.

    It can be downloaded/saved, printed and viewed on mobile devices.

    The new one-page format replaces the COVID-19 vaccination record launched in Saskatchewan in August, which does not include a QR code. The new format with QR code also notes the individual’s name, type of vaccine administered, date, country of issuance and lot number.

    The new certificate with digital QR code supports proof of vaccination at border entry if travelling internationally, and is aligned with work the federal government is undertaking on a national solution.

    “This is the next, improved, version of Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 vaccination record. It has been something that travelers, businesses and organizations have been asking for,” Minister of Health Paul Merriman said. “With the announcement last week of stronger measures being introduced to help curb the transmission of COVID-19, and protect our health system, I encourage anyone eligible for vaccination in Saskatchewan to get their vaccines, and to get their COVID-19 vaccine certificate from MySaskHealthRecord.”

    You will have several options for showing your proof of vaccination credentials;

    • QR Code on your mobile phone
    • Printed QR code
    • Wallet cards received at time of immunization

    The vaccine certificate with QR code is being launched now to give citizens time to retrieve the information and familiarize themselves with the process. By the end of the month, businesses or organizations requiring proof of vaccination will have the option to download and use a free QR code verifier app, that will be able to scan the QR code and determine if a person is fully vaccinated or not. The Saskatchewan Vaccine Verifier app (SK Vax Verifier) will be free from Google Play or Apple App stores.

    An individual’s vaccination information is embedded in the QR code, and when it is scanned with the SK Vax Verifier app, the app will show either a green indicator to verify the person is fully vaccinated or a red indicator to show they are not. Information is secure, and is not viewed/saved/retained in the scanning process.  “Fully vaccinated” means 14-days after receiving:

    • the second of two doses of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna) or AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (all interchangeable between the two doses), or
    • 1 dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.

    By the end of September, citizens may also, if they choose, acquire for free the Saskatchewan Vaccine Wallet app (SK Vax Wallet) from Google Play or Apple App stores to download their vaccine record and have it easily accessible in the SK Vax Wallet app on their phone.  

    To get your COVID-19 vaccination certificate with QR code through MySaskHealthRecord (or to create a new account), visit www.ehealthsask.ca/MySaskHealthRecord/MySaskHealthRecord/.

    Effective Sept. 20, an interim registration process is being implemented to make it easier for citizens to access their COVID-19 vaccine information through MySaskHealthRecord. Verification will continue through key identity verification documents (health card and SGI photo ID). The new interim process will see the verification of a PIN requirement suspended for a period of 3-4 months to allow individuals quicker access to their MySaskHealthRecord and proof of COVID-19 vaccination. This interim approach improves access while ensuring key identity documents are used to access health information.

    Website traffic is expected to be busy and delays may be experienced as more people sign up for MySaskHealthRecord in preparation for Oct. 1 proof of vaccination requirements. Patience is appreciated.

    Once an account is created, individuals may access their COVID-19 vaccination record as well as their complete immunization history, lab test results, including COVID-19 tests, and other health history. It may take up to 24 hours for your record to be updated, after your account is activated.

    To see how to access your QR code, click one of the following links:

    Mobile: https://youtu.be/CTAeJJUIUn8

    Desktop: https://youtu.be/0GCS4EICK7o

    Posted 2021-09-20 10:52:33
  • COVID Vaccination Record Now Available In New Format

    Released on August 9, 2021

     Saskatchewan residents who would like a record of their COVID-19 vaccinations now have access to a new one-page printable COVID Vaccination Record from their MySaskHealthRecord (MSHR) account at eHealth Saskatchewan.  The COVID Vaccination Record includes date and location of vaccination and brand of vaccine administered.  The COVID Vaccination Record is also available on mobile and tablet devices.

    "While your complete immunization record has always been available on your MySaskHealthRecord account, this is a more user-friendly version that provides only your COVID Vaccination Record," Health Minister Paul Merriman said.  "While proof of vaccination is not required by the Government of Saskatchewan for events or venues, we know that there are some locations within Canada that are requesting that documentation."

    The COVID Vaccination Record contains the individual's name, date of birth, and the date, brand and location of the COVID vaccines they received.  If an individual requires a Lot number (a unique number identifying the batch of vaccine received) and it is not on their vaccination record when printed, or there is missing or inaccurate information, call 1-844-767-8259 (press 1, then 3 for the menu options).  Or, email MySaskHealthRecord@eHealthSask.ca.

    Residents who do not have a MSHR account can visit eHealth Saskatchewan to set one up.
    Please visit www.ehealthsask.ca/MySaskHealthRecord/MySaskHealthRecord/.  Once an account is created, individuals will have access not only to their COVID Vaccination Record but to their complete immunization history, lab test results, including COVID-19 tests, and other health history.  The information is private and secure.

    Saskatchewan is working with the federal government to develop an official proof of vaccination certificate.  This will include a digital QR code to support proof of vaccination at border entry if travelling internationally.  The Saskatchewan vaccine certificate is being released this fall and will adhere to federally established requirements.

    For more information on proof of vaccination visit www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19-proof


    For more information, contact:

    Phone: 306-787-4083
    Email: media@health.gov.sk.ca


    Posted 2021-08-09 13:58:39
  • Saskatchewan Expanding Virtual Health Care Options

    Released on April 20, 2021

    Saskatchewan is expanding capacity to provide secure, responsive virtual health care, so patients can safely, securely and conveniently access services well into the future.  The Ministry of Health and eHealth Saskatchewan are now developing an action plan to enhance virtual services, focusing on security, privacy and user experience.

    From March to December 2020, Saskatchewan patients participated in more than 1.7 million virtual appointments with a physician, according to billing data.  While the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated use of virtual care technology, expansion of technology solutions is helping improve access to care for residents in rural or remote areas, and providing greater convenience for patients who need to connect with a physician for basic concerns.

    "It is critical that we have the appropriate systems and technology in place to support virtual health care services, for the safety of both our residents and health care providers," Health Minister Paul Merriman said.  "We know that investing today will improve patients' access to care and support privacy and security of health information.  It will also help relieve pressure on the health system during the pandemic."

    "Physicians are open to new ways of providing services to residents, and having more virtual care options will ultimately improve residents' access to care," SHA Senior Medical Information Officer Dr. Vern Behl said.  "In addition to secure videoconferencing and messaging solutions, investment will be needed to ensure improved information flow which is foundational to good virtual care, moving away from our paper based systems to electronic Health Information Systems.  This allows for improved patient and family engagement and involvement in their own care, as well as better communication between our health care teams.  It is encouraging to see investments in technology that will support this important work."

    Saskatchewan's priorities will include improvements or expansion in the following areas:

    • Videoconferencing: A new secure videoconferencing solution is being explored to replace the current Telehealth technology, to meet clinical needs across the health system.
    • Remote Patient Monitoring: Remote monitoring is already being used to support more than 1,000 Saskatchewan residents who tested positive for COVID-19, as well as patients with other health concerns.  One health care provider is able to monitor up to 100 patients at a time as they recover in their homes.
    • MySaskHealthRecord: eHealth Saskatchewan's patient portal allows people to view their lab results online, including COVID-19 tests.  More than 180,000 Saskatchewan residents can currently access their records.
    • Auto-dialer: The Saskatchewan Health Authority is working on the rollout of an Auto-dialer system which notifies residents by phone or text within 24 hours of a lab-confirmed negative COVID-19 test result.  People who test positive continue to receive a phone call from public health.

    In support of this work, Saskatchewan has signed a bilateral agreement with the Government of Canada to expand virtual care services. Under the agreement, Saskatchewan will receive almost $6.5 million for priority initiatives that provide high quality, safe virtual health services and complement in-person care.


    For more information, contact:

    Phone: 306-787-4083
    Email: Media@health.gov.sk.ca

    Posted 2021-04-20 12:55:50

    Released December 22, 2020

    In consultation with the Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner, eHealth Saskatchewan (eHS), the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health are providing an update on the eHealth malware attack reported in January 2020 and advising Saskatchewan residents that a privacy breach of personal health information may have occurred as a result of the malware attack.

    eHS, SHA and Ministry of Health take the safeguarding and protection of personal health information very seriously and immediately launched a months-long forensic investigation following the ransomware attack. Following the forensic investigation, eHealth advises that a breach of personal health information has potentially occurred. The breach impacted information on systems administered by eHS for the SHA and Ministry of Health.

    While the forensic investigation rendered no evidence that personal health information was compromised, the investigation was unable to rule out a breach of personal health information. The inability to absolutely verify that no privacy breach occurred is leading to public notification of a potential privacy breach involving personal information or personal health information.

    Upon discovery of the malware attack, eHealth Saskatchewan managed to contain and eliminate the malware and restore compromised files. However, the conclusion of a likely privacy breach follows findings in the forensic investigation that some files were sent to a suspicious IP address. Those files had been encrypted during the attack, and were restored from back-ups. Therefore, it is impossible to say with any accuracy precisely what information from the larger group of files was sent to the IP address.

    eHS continues to monitor and scan the internet for any signs that Saskatchewan files have found their way into improper hands.  The latest six-week scan was completed in November and to date there continues to be no evidence to show this has happened.

    The ransomware attack occurred after an employee in the health care sector opened a suspicious attachment in an email and malware was spread throughout Saskatchewan's IT system. This points to the limitations of cyber-security measures and the need for everyone to be extremely cautious about opening email attachments. This is particularly important at a government workplace, where sensitive information is held.

    Since the malware attack eHS, SHA and Ministry of Health have intensified training for employees on the dangers of opening email with suspicious attachments. eHealth is also continuously making security upgrades to its IT network to strengthen the security environment.

    All active SHA staff are required to take mandatory privacy training every three years or as directed. The SHA also has standard privacy and confidentiality policies, including requirements for staff to sign confidentiality agreements to help protect personal health information.

    Since the malware attack eHS, SHA and the Ministry of Health have intensified training for employees on the dangers of opening email with suspicious attachments. eHS is also continuously making security upgrades to its IT network to strengthen the security environment. eHS has also recently procured a new program for providing IT security education to health system physicians and staff that will strengthen knowledge among health care workers about the steps they can take to better protect personal health information from malicious cyber-attacks.

    The OIPC has advised eHS, SHA and the Ministry of Health that the malware attack and subsequent response are a topic of a forthcoming investigation report by the OIPC. eHS, SHA and the Ministry of Health await the final findings and recommendations of the OIPC to inform further action that will be taken to address the breach and protect the personal health information of Saskatchewan residents.

    This ransomware attack can serve as a reminder to health system employees and every Saskatchewan resident to take these basic steps and protect their information:

    • Monitor all accounts and report suspicious activity immediately;
    • Update all security software and operating systems regularly since these update will include security patches and updated virus definitions, and;
    • Use complex passwords and different passwords for all accounts.

    If you do suspect a breach of your personal health information, you can contact SHA's Privacy Office at privacy@saskhealthauthority.ca.

    Anyone with a concern about privacy and protection of their personal health information can contact the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner:

    For more information, contact:

    Saskatchewan Health
    Phone:(306) 787-4083
    Email: media@health.gov.sk.ca

    Media Relations
    Saskatchewan Health Authority

    eHealth Saskatchewan
    Email: eHS.Communications@eHealthsask.ca

    Posted 2020-12-22 11:12:53
  • Health Card Phone Call Warning - Media Statement

    ​eHealth Saskatchewan is asking Saskatchewan citizens to be very careful when giving out their health card numbers.

    The warning comes after reports of several calls from an individual who says they work for eHealth. The callers say there is a problem with an account, and the health care number is required to fix that problem.

    Normally, eHealth responds to concerns or questions from individuals. It does not make cold calls to poeple, asking for their health card number. 

    eHealth CEO Jim Hornell says health card numbers are part of your digital identity and should be protected. 

    "They're like a social insurance number," Hornell said. "You should be certain the person getting this information is legitimate."

    If you think you have received one of these suspicious calls, please contact eHealth Saskatchewan at: 1-800-667-7551.

    Posted 2020-11-22 22:00:31
  • Ransomware Update

    ​eHealth recently discovered that files from some of its servers had been sent to a number of suspicious IP address.  This came to light as part of normal and ongoing forensic analysis, started in the wake of the January 5th 2020 ransomware attack.

    That analysis continues. 

    The files exchanged were encrypted and password protected by the attacker, making it difficult to determine the exact content of those files.  Officials with the Ministry of Health and Saskatchewan's Information and Privacy Commissioner have been informed.

    What we're doing:

    • All files have been restored through back-ups;
    • eHealth will continue its security analysis to determine if any further breaches have occurred;
    • eHealth has retained a specialized security firm tasked with scouring the internet for any signs that confidential information has been compromised;
    • Should it be determined that personal health information has left the organization, the public will be advised.

    Until this discovery, eHealth had no evidence that any information had left its control during the ransomware event. Our on-going forensic and restoration efforts brought this new information to light.

    We apologize for any concern this has caused to our customers and the people of Saskatchewan.

    eHealth will continue to provide updates, should new information be discovered.

    Posted 2020-02-07 08:46:11
  • Are you a Saskatchewan person interested in contributing to medical research in our province? Here’s a site you can visit to find out opportunities that are available.

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    Posted 2019-11-19 10:09:24
  • 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.

    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. 

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    Media contact:

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

    Posted 2019-03-12 09:16:51