Since it’s official launch earlier this year, nearly 40,000 people have registered to access their medical records and other health information using the innovative MyHealth patient portal.
With MyHealth, patients can access their electronic personal health record online and through a mobile app. The portal, accessible through myhealth.qa, is providing patients at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) with access to their key health records, including test results, information about upcoming appointments, and prescribed medications.
The portal was inaugurated in March by HE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and was initiated as part of an ongoing effort to empower patients to take an active role in their healthcare decision making.
Integrated with the Clinical Information System (CIS), MyHealth provides a single record of information, irrespective of where the doctor was consulted – HMC or PHCC. The portal also allows patients to view a summary of their visits, upcoming appointments, medications, and post-appointment instructions.
Dr Abdul Wahab Al Musleh, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of CIS, said that since the launch, patients have been signing up for MyHealth using online registration.
One of the key benefits of MyHealth is that patients can access their medical records in one place, which enables them to track and check test results, for example, and discuss these results with their physicians. We have found that giving patients the ability to access their records when they want and where they want, has an empowering effect. It educates patients and allows them to use this information in conversations with their healthcare providers when visiting HMC or PHCC.’
Dr Al Musleh added that new capabilities have been added to the portal, including a function that enables patients to send a non-urgent message to their healthcare provider in a confidential manner.
This function enables patients to ask non-urgent questions, for example about their medication, or to seek clarification. The normal turn-around time for a response is three business days but we ask patients not to use this function for urgent matters. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 999.’
Patients can register for the MyHealth patient portal online at myhealth.qa or at any HMC or PHCC facility. Patients can also seek more information about MyHealth by calling Nesma’ak (HMC) on 16060 or Hayyak (PHCC) on 107.