The following information is provided by Alberta Health respecting some important changes to the My Health Records service:
In 2021, Albertans will be able to view more laboratory test results in "My Health Records" (MHR), the integrated access point for Albertans’ personal health information. These lab results will be viewable through the "My Personal Records" (MPR) application. This change is being made to provide Albertans with more access to their health information, and as an additional safety net for patient care within the system. These results will be viewable as soon as they are released by laboratory services:
- About 95% of the most commonly-ordered (by volume) lab test results will be viewable by Feb 1, 2021.
- All remaining lab tests, including more complex results in microbiology, pathology and genetics, will be available in MPR by July 1, 2021.
Lab results ordered from all sites in Alberta, including labs ordered during inpatient and emergency visits will be included in MPR. Once the changes are in place, new users will see an 18-month retrospective view of any lab results slated for release. Existing users will not have labs added retroactively, but they will be able to see the expanded lab results moving forward.
After the changes, patients will have immediate access to more of their own information. Providers may notice some changes in their patterns of work, and may need to consider giving patients more information about the implications of different results when initially ordering a test. Physicians and other providers will continue to have access to results information through their usual channels, including Alberta Netcare.
To support Albertans, Alberta has created the MyHealth.Alberta.ca Web site, a trusted source of health information, and MyHealth Records Support is available at 1-844-401-4016, 24 hours daily. Technical assistance is available between 8:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (MT), Monday to Friday, but a connection to 811 for health-related inquiries, including test results, is available at all times.
For more information about lab results online, please visit:
The Alberta Medical Association and Alberta Health Services will be hosting webinars for providers:
Webinar: Real Time Release of Labs to Patients: What This Means to Your Practice
Speakers: Dr. Allen Ausford, Dr. Brad Bahler, Dr. Jay Easaw, Dr. Rob Hayward, Dr. Nigel Flook
Date: Wednesday January 20, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM
Moderator: Dr. Heidi Fell, Informatics Chair, Alberta Medical Association
Date: Wednesday January 27, 2021
Time: 5:00 PM
Moderator: Dr. Stuart Rosser, Interim Chief Medical Information Officer, Alberta Health Services