Canada ranks high in on-line banking in the health field. Robust electronic solutions are expected to bring better outcomes for the patients in near future. Patients may simply resort to surfing their PCs to manage their medical needs. From flipping through the x-rays to obtaining second opinions, solutions are becoming handier and just a mouse- click away.
The electronic health record called 'My Chart' is becoming more and more popular among patients. This paperless health record is a boon for those who are frequent travelers as it gives them chance to access their records from any part of the world. It is possible to store and view x-rays, MRIs and CT scans in 'My Chart'.
Canada Health Info way is an independent, federally- funded agency. Richard Alvarez, its president and chief executive officer, is looking forward to every Canadian having an electronic health record by the year 2016.
Benefits of an electronic health recorder go beyond convenience. It helps the patient to get faster accessibility to medication histories, lab results and images. It also helps the doctors to give quick advices, especially about dangerous drug interactions.
Imaging reports, mammogram reports, ultrasound reports, pathology reports, the notes from the physicians and even pop- up reminders to the patients on their computers about the appointment and test dates are all added advantages of online medical records.
" Its quite amazing that I can pay my hydro bill online from Australia" Dan Strasbourg, Canada Health Infoway's director of corporate communications observes.
Benefits apart, people from the health field unanimously agree to the fact that electronic health devices should not be the prime source of a serious diagnosis. MyChart, for example has been set in a way that the patient will hear about a new diagnosis, only from the doctor first.