February 16, 2016

New Pilot Program Allows Saskatchewan Residents to View their Personal Health Care Information Online

eHealth Saskatchewan (eHealth) is piloting a new program that allows a group of residents from across the province to view their personal health information online through a secure website. 

Health Minister Dustin Duncan today announced the official launch of the Citizen Health Information Portal (CHIP) Pilot, which will include up to 1,000 participants. Throughout the six month trial period, participants will be able to view their personal lab results, immunization history, pharmacy and hospital visit history from anywhere in the world. 

“Our government is excited to announce a new program that empowers the people of Saskatchewan to take a more active role in their own health care,” Duncan said. “CHIP is the first comprehensive electronic system of its kind in Canada that puts patients first.”

CHIP participants will not only be able to access their files through a highly secure, personalized login, but also be able to add medical information to their personal profiles, such as health metrics or reminders to take medication. Participants can also view their children’s health care information and invite their doctor or other health care provider to view their profile. 

“eHealth’s vision to empower patients and enable care continues to shape and inspire innovative programs like CHIP,” eHealth Saskatchewan CEO Susan Antosh said. “eHealth thanks all of the CHIP participants for their interest in the program, as it could help to shape the future of health care in Saskatchewan.”

“Research has shown that the vast majority of Canadians want access to digital health tools and capabilities,” Canada Health Infoway President and CEO Michael Green said.  “Digital health portals such as CHIP provide patients with tools and information to support them to take charge of their wellness.”     

Throughout this pilot program, participants will be asked to provide feedback about their experience, which will help to guide future decisions about additions or changes to online health information and other health programs.
eHealth Saskatchewan is a Treasury Board Crown Corporation committed to delivering better, smarter and more timely health care to citizens across the province by providing health care information electronically to patients and health care professionals.  

eHealth also provides the people of Saskatchewan with new and updated health cards, as well as certificates for birth, death, marriage and genealogy. 

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.