13 Feb Media Release: Electronic Health Records are step forward

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Electronic Heath records step forward, says Health Network

Halifax, NS – The provincial government took a step forward today in providing better health care for Nova Scotians when they announced phase one of the SHARE system, or Secure Health Access Record, says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.

“Centralizing health information will allow health care workers to better assess and care for their patients,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network. “Introducing modern technology into the public health care system will strengthen the system and reduce wait times.”

Building on this step forward, the province should prepare to introduce more public sector solutions to the problems facing our health care system.

“The next step is a centralized wait list system which, while respecting patient choice, streamlines the wait lists into a single list for each procedure and reduces wait times,” says Buott. “The provincial government should also start looking at new queue management techniques.”

The Health Network was concerned that an American company had been awarded part of the contract because under the Patriot Act in the United States, American companies are required to hand over any information their company possesses at the government’s request. After speaking with Nova Scotia government officials it has been made clear that the company is simply providing the technology and will at no point have access to the records, meaning Nova Scotia’s health records are secure.

“The provincial government did the research they needed to do to protect Nova Scotia health records and ensure the security of this vital data,” says Buott.

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For more information please contact:

Kyle Buott
Coordinator
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
Work – (902) 406-9422
Cell – (902) 478-0239

About the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network:

Formed in 1996, the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network’s goal is to stop the privatization of the public health care system, ensure high levels of care, and create a forum for people and communities to discuss issues in health care.

The Network is a coalition of community groups, organized labour, faith groups and individuals dedicated to protecting and advancing public health care to include services like pharmacare, dental care and long-term and home care.

The Network is political but non-partisan and receives no government funding.