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AHS prepares to launch online health portal

Last Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 7:42 am MST

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The future of healthcare in Alberta may be just a click away.

Final preparations are underway to launch a new online Alberta health portal which will give patients access to their records.

Associate Minister of Health Brandy Payne explains it will be rolled out in phases.

“Referrals, test results and medication, things like that.” she said. “We’re doing a phased approach over the next while so the early edition of it will just have those three basic things but it will really enable patients to take a more active role in their healthcare.”

People will be able to start registering early this year but there is no fixed date yet.

There are always security concerns with this kind of technology, but Payne says there will be a multiple-stage registration process which will make sure the data is safeguarded.

“The portal as it rolls out is going to be just as secure as your online banking is. So you’ll be able to access the information knowing that it’s still secure and we’ll continue to work to ensure that data remains very secure,” explained Payne.

The province has spent $65-million on the project since it started in 2011, although $22-million came from a federal government program, and another $9.5-million has been set aside in this year’s budget.