25 Mar 2018 – 16:02

Qatar launches patient portal providing access to medical records

By Anisha Bijukumar | The Peninsula Online

Doha: At the inauguration ceremony of the second National Health Strategy, Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani also launched a patient portal at Qatar National Convention Center.

The patient portal myhealth.qa gives patients of Hamad Medical Corporation the access to their key health records including test results, information about upcoming appointments and medications prescribed.

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The website shows a single record of information irrespective of where the doctor was consulted – Hamad Medical Corporation or Primary Health Care Corporation.

The new portal also allows patients to view summary of their visits and post-appointment instructions.

To access the electronic personal health record, one has to show their Qatar ID and health card to the MyHealth registration team at the hospital.

The team then mails a link to access MyHealth within three working days.

Dr AbdulWahab Al Musleh, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, CIS at HMC, said that very soon the patients will be able to message their physician through the portal and also receive replies to their queries from them. There is also plan to develop the system so that patients are able to schedule their appointments, reschedule or cancel them.

Parents of children below 18 years of age can also gain access to the information record and vaccination chart of their kids.

The free service is a value addition to the smart clinic system that aims for early detection of diseases.

Qatar has been working towards developing a unique model of high-quality healthcare focusing on disease prevention and involvement of patients in their treatment process.