Gone are the days when we used to go to the doctor, let them assess and prescribe treatment, and then walk out. Over the last few years, health care has gotten much more complex, with a veritable web of people working together to treat patients.
With more people working together, smooth communication between everyone makes a huge difference. Test results, lab reports, medication histories, and the like need to be readily accessible to everyone involved in a patient’s care, whether it’s a hospital physician, a radiologist, family doctor, or the patient themselves.
Over the last few months, Osler has been rolling out an electronic patient record, MyChart™, to give patients easy, secure access to their own health information from Osler and our regional partners. We’re arming patients with their own health information so that they can also make decisions regarding their own care.
While there are many ways MyChart™ can benefit patients, we’ve rounded up our Top 5:
Patients who register will be able to view real-time laboratory results from Osler.
While lab results are available in real time, pathology, diagnostic imaging and cardiology reports will need to wait 14 days after tests are reviewed and signed by a specialist.
MyChart™ can be accessed from anywhere there is an internet connection.
The application is web based and patients can log in from anywhere with a username and password. So if there’s information in an emergency that might help the patient’s care, its ready and waiting no matter where they are.
Patients can self-enter important information.
It’s not just about what doctors are telling patients, it’s also about getting patients to record information important to themselves that should be shared with the health care team. This includes allergies, immunizations, procedures, medications, chronic conditions and test dates. Now patients can keep a record of when tests have been done, and when they should be scheduling their next appointment.
Access can be granted to people selected by the patient.
Whether it’s to family members, caregivers, hospital clinicians, primary care physicians, Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) and pharmacists, everyone in a patient’s circle of care stays well informed. This means that physicians may not need to duplicate tests if patients have the most recent results available online.
It’s a safe place to store your health information.
Personal health information is protected with the same encryption technologies used by the major banks for online banking.
Giving patients access to their own information at anytime, anywhere is a huge step in helping patients feel in control about important decisions about their own health.