Adam Smith (left) and Drew Dawson

Adam Smith (left) and Drew Dawson

MyHealthPortal coming to Kootenay communities

MyHealthPortal provides 24-hour access to personal health information via smart phone, tablet or computer.

Patients in the Kootenay Boundary will soon be able to access certain health records online.

MyHealthPortal provides 24-hour access to personal health information via smart phone, tablet or computer through a secure portal from the Interior Health website.

Features include the ability to view Interior Health lab results, diagnostic imaging reports such as X-rays, scans and ultrasound, certain upcoming appointments, recent hospital visit history, and the opportunity to update address and phone number information.

Enrolment for the service is required, and must be done in-person.

Castlegar, Nelson and Grand Forks patients are first on the list, when an Interior Health team will be at those respective hospitals from April 25 to April 28.

Next, from May 2 to May 4, registration will be available at the New Denver Slocan Community Health Centre and Arrow Lake Hospital in Nakusp.

Teams then move to the Victorian Community Health Centre in Kaslo on May 9.

Registration will be available for two weeks in Trail at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital with teams on site to sign patients up from May 16 to May 19 and May 23 to May 25.

To sign up, patients must present to the project team in person with legal photo identification and their Care Card or B.C. Services Card in order to verify their identity. They will be given a login username and password that they will be able to use on their own device—home computer, tablet or smart phone. Then they simply go to the MyHealthPortal page on Interior Health’s web site at www.interiorhealth.ca/MyHealthPortal to login.

There is a second option, remote enrolment, for those unable to attend in-person registration.

There are certain requirements, however, such as the person much have an email address entered into their patient record at registration, at one of the participating Interior Health facilities.

Remote enrolment dates are April 25 in Castlegar, Nelson and Grand Forks; May 2 in Nakusp and New Denver; May 9 in Kaslo; and May 16 in Trail.

Teams will be traveling to East Kootenay communities throughout June and July. The Kootenay region is the latest to be offered access to the online tool following enrolment in the Shuswap, Thompson, Nicola,Cariboo and Okanagan areas. The service will eventually be available to all Interior Health hospital patients through a phased roll-out schedule. To date, more than 10,000 patients have enrolled.

MyHealthPortal is a secure patient health portal, Interior Health states. Protecting and safeguarding patients’ personal information is among Interior Health’s highest priorities. In addition to stringent privacy practices, Interior Health uses a diverse range of technologies and security mechanisms to ensure the safety, confidentiality, and integrity of patient information.

For more information visit www.interiorhealth.ca/MyHealthPortal.