Getting Your Lab Results Through e-Health

Nearly half a million B.C. residents are getting their blood and lab test results on their computers and mobile devices, and plans are in the works to give patients radiology test results too.

The era of patient consumerism and empowerment has arrived, as evidenced by the ever-growing number of B.C. residents who’ve subscribed to the free “my eHealth” service provided by Excelleris Technologies, a division of LifeLabs, the biggest medical lab company in B.C. (The cost of providing the service is included in the fees that labs charge Victoria.)

While some doctors had concerns about how patients would react to getting bad news online instead of first hearing it from them, Dr. Shelley Ross, a former president of the B.C. Medical Association (now Doctors of B.C.), said Monday she hasn’t heard of many problems since the service launched in 2010. Continue reading

SOHC Receives Bursary to Attend Conference

The Rural Health Service Research Network of BC is holding its annual conference on April 10 and 11 in Kelowna. RHSRNbc has generously provided SOHC with funds to attend the conference.

Entitled “Building Intersections”, the conference is a collaboration between Interior Health, the Rural Health Services Research Network of BC, the University of British Columbia (Okanagan), and others.  The conference will feature rural health services research, drawing provincial and national interest to bring a wide range of disciplines together for inter-professional learning, network, and partnership building.  Over the two days, participants will be exposed to leading research in rural health services, sparking enthusiasm in this under-served and exciting area of research.

A sample of the presentations that may be of benefit to Princeton and Area:

– Transportation Planning & Health

– Pushing the boundaries of video with innovation: challenges and insights. Continue reading