While still in the very early stages of development, BC Cancer’s Clinical Informatics team is working on a secure patient portal system that will allow 24-hour access to personalized health information. The portal will help people living with cancer in B.C. be more involved in and informed about their care.
The portal may have features that include allowing patients to view personalized health information like upcoming appointments and offer information about supportive care services such as counselling services or nutrition.
“We have developed a survey that will allow us to better understand patient needs,” says Justine Sanders, project manager, Digital Health at BC Cancer. “The questions will help us learn what patients feel is the most important features in an online portal, how they currently access digital health information, and notification preferences.”
The first phase of this project will focus on understanding the priority needs for a patient portal and identifying a solution that meets both clinical and patient requirements. The aim is that the outcome of this project will result in quality care and a positive experience for both patients and clinicians.
The second phase of this project will focus on implementation, selecting a vendor and resourcing staff to develop and implement the solution across BC Cancer.
The survey is open until October 1, 2022
. Patients who would like to take the survey can do so here