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Simple, Safe, Secure, and Free Access to Digital Health Records for Québec Patients

Country Correspondent: Aisha Gomez

Last spring, Québec launched Carnet Santé Québec, a digital portal that allows patients in the province to access their own health records from their computers, tablets, or smart phones — all for free. Currently, patients can access a list of medications, imaging and lab results for the past five years, and medical bills. In the future, the portal will show all medical interventions received and a patient’s progress on wait lists. It also will allow patients to book family physician appointments. The portal will be rolled out provincewide over the next two years, with an initial cost of CAD 11 million (USD 8.43 million) and annual maintenance costs of CAD 2 million (USD 1.53 million).

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