16 Aug Improving Access to Family Health Care in Nova Scotia through Technology
Your Liberal government is looking for ways to modernize provincial healthcare to help make our system more efficient and accessible. That’s why we’re investing more than $4 million to support family doctors interested in communicating with patients by telephone and through e-health services.
Family doctors who participate can receive up to $12,000 per year for using the technology incentive pilot program to communicate with their patients by telephone or through MyHealthNS.
“This new technology incentive will encourage more doctors to use these tools, and give patients more access and control over their own care,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey.
MyHealthNS is the province’s secure online tool that allows doctors to share test results and communicate with patients electronically.
The eligibility requirements for the incentive were developed by a working group of family doctors across the province. To qualify, doctors must:
— use MyHealthNS and encourage their patients to enroll
— respond to eMessages online or by phone
— use eResults to share test results with patients
— participate in the pilot evaluation
As Liberals, we know supporting doctors and encouraging the use of technology is vital to helping improve our system. It can make things more efficient for doctors and give patients easier access to the services they need. We’re also providing more space and time to those who require in person appointments and care.
The technology incentive is part of a $39.6 million investment in family doctors announced this year. This is one of many ways we’re looking to improve health care in the province and help connect more Nova Scotians to a family practice.