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Health Monitor: Health-tracking app set for release

New app to track health Alberta Health will soon unroll a new online tool giving patients access to their personal health information.

New app to track health

Alberta Health will soon unroll a new online tool giving patients access to their personal health information.

MyHealth Record can be used on computers, tablets and smartphones, where medical professionals and patients can see the results of common lab tests (such as liver function, hematology, coagulation, electrolytes, renal function and urine tests), a list of previous medications dispersed from pharmacies, and immunization records.

The provincial health organization said in an email it is undergoing the final round of consultations among physicians and stakeholders.

Through the tool, patients can create a journal to track mood, sleep, weight and fitness.

Along with lab results, the tool will provide information explaining more about the tests and the results. The results will be posted as soon as they are made available.

Other things patients will be able to track include: allergies, medical conditions, appointments, family history and medical procedures.

The St. Albert and Sturgeon Primary Care Network couldn’t say how the new tool will impact the primary care system until after it’s released.

Flu deaths

There have been seven flu-related deaths in the Edmonton zone so far this season.

The zone, which includes St. Albert, has had 986 cases of Influenza type A and four cases of type B. There have been 300 people from the Edmonton zone who have been admitted to the hospital.

Across Alberta, there have been 28 flu-related deaths so far this season, with 5,111 confirmed cases of type A and 38 cases of type B.

In a previous interview with the Gazette, Alberta Health Services said type B usually spikes later in the year.

Compared to the Edmonton zone, the Calgary zone has had nine deaths so far this season. There have been 1,989 confirmed cases of type A, and 14 cases of type B.

In Alberta, 1.25 million people have received the flu shot, with 422,993 of those in the Edmonton zone.

Sturgeon Hospital open houses

The Sturgeon Community Hospital is hosting two open houses on Feb. 5.

Student tours will take place from noon to 2 p.m., where they’ll learn about medical device reprocessing, respiratory therapy, facilities department and clinical engineering.

Tours will be around 15 minutes each, giving students an insight into what goes on behind the scenes at the hospital.

From 4 to 7 p.m., residents are welcome to convene in conference rooms to learn about laboratory, diagnostics imaging, occupations and physio, operating rooms, outpatient department, ICU/CUU/emergency, labour and delivery, medical devices and volunteer services.

Dayla Lahring

About the Author: Dayla Lahring

Dayla Lahring joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2017. She writes about business, health, general news and features. She also contributes photographs.
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