mihealth™ a new, secure digital consumer health information system, utilizing the
highest level of security, allows sharing of information between doctors
helping Canadians take better control of their health and wellness
MONTREAL, Nov. 1, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Merck Canada today announced an
agreement with MiHealth Global Systems Inc. to promote to Canadian
doctors a mobile patient health record (PHR) system that involves
doctors in the validation of patient health information. Its high level
of security, along with this validation, means the mihealth™ system provides accuracy and credibility, without compromising patient
privacy, so the data can be useful to all health professionals as well
as patients and their families.
The application offers secure two-way communication between doctor and
patient, and will soon also include the results of lab tests. mihealth™ is bi-directionally encrypted which means that it has the ability to
secure data as it is transmitted in both directions.
"Strengthening patient-doctor communications will improve the quality
and quantity of information available" said Dr. Wendy Graham, President
of MiHealth Global Systems Inc. and a leading advocate of primary care
reform. "The mihealth™ mobile application has been designed by doctors to improve health
system efficiency and improve patient outcomes. It will become an
essential tool to manage all patients in the future."
Dr. Graham explained, "The adoption of physician-validated PHRs is a
particularly vital new tool to facilitate the care of the one in three
Canadians living with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart
disease, arthritis and lung disease.1 These patients are often called upon to provide and/or repeat clinical
information to multiple health providers, a process that is both
time-consuming and open to error. A mobile, once a year
doctor-validated electronic PHR through mihealth™ ensures instant access to accurate patient information by any
healthcare provider - anywhere in the world. It also allows multiple
family caregivers to have equal and accurate access to the patient's
up-to-date medical information."
"A physician-validated PHR such as mihealth™ will encourage people to take charge of their own health, so this launch
is an important step forward," Kevin Leonard, Associate Professor
Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Faculty of Medicine,
University of Toronto. "We want to put patients in the driver's seat in
managing their health to allow them to monitor their own conditions
better. In order to do this, we need health care providers to
incorporate programs like mihealth™ into their practice."
mihealth™ will allow patients and their families to have access to health record
information, such as medications, allergies, chronic disorders, etc.,
in a doctor-validated format that will be accepted and understood by
all healthcare providers. This will ensure all of a patient's health
professionals have better picture of the patient's medical situation
and needs. This will save time and errors for patients and
professionals in the giving of medical histories and will allow
multiple family members to manage a loved one's care more easily.
mihealth™ will be particularly useful for Canadians with chronic diseases who
require regular interaction with a variety of health professionals.
People with chronic disease consume 70 to 80 per cent of healthcare
resources and their greater engagement in their care can both help
improve their health outcomes and moderate their use of healthcare
"Patients increasingly want to be engaged in their own healthcare and
doctors are also keen to promote patient involvement, but until now
have lacked an easy, physician-validated system to achieve just that,"
said Christian Sauvageau, Vice President, Customer Innovation at Merck
Canada. "When patients use existing services to independently keep a
PHR, the non-validated data may be seen as unreliable by health
professionals, a major drawback. With mihealth™, physicians validate the information once a year, ensuring accuracy and
credibility and making it useful to all health professionals. We are
really excited to be involved in helping MiHealth Global Systems Inc.
get their mihealth™ service better known by doctors and clinics as we believe it will be a
great tool for patients and healthcare providers alike."
Implementation of the mihealth™ system starts with a doctor or group practice signing up at no cost to
them and downloading the mihealth™ office application. At the patient's request, the doctor's office
creates an account for the interested patient, who then can complete
the registration process online at home, paying an annual fee - $59 per
year per person or $224 for a family of four. Once enrolled, patients
enter their medical information on the application. This information is
then validated yearly by the doctor, who is paid a small fee for that
Merck Canada brings to the promotion of this new service its long record
of providing reliable health innovation to Canadians. "This is a new
type of implication for Merck to be bringing to our health system, but
no less important than a new medicine. It is another way for Merck to
help Canadian healthcare providers give the best care to their patients
as well as providing important efficiencies for our healthcare system,"
added Christian Sauvageau. "We were motivated to get involved with mihealth™ because it will assist health care practitioners in improving patient
Mihealth Global Systems Inc. (mihealth.com) is a Toronto-based Canadian company founded in 2009 with a co-location
in Northern Ontario. Its founder, Dr. Wendy Graham, a long-time
advocate of national healthcare reform, heads the company with eight
employees who have a range of skills in business, IT, and healthcare.
mihealth™ is provided, furnished, supported and sold directly by Mihealth Global
Systems Inc. Merck acts as agent for the promotion of the mihealth™ service to physicians and clinics in Canada
mihealth™ empowers patients with the information they need to take better control
of their own health and wellness. This is accomplished by giving
patients secure online access to their physician-validated medical
records, and allowing two-way communication between themselves and
their physician. Patients have the option to securely access mihealth's ™ services through their smartphone and tablets via its HealthPass
mihealth™ has received the Canada Health Infoway pre-implementation certification
at the first level for privacy, security and interoperability
requirements. The mihealth™ service will be rolled out across Ontario, Quebec, and Western Canada in
the next three months. The mihealth™ service is priced at $59 for a year subscription with discounts for
additional family members.
Today's Merck is working to help the world be well. Merck is a global
health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription
medicines, vaccines, consumer and animal health products. In Canada,
Merck markets over 530 pharmaceutical, consumer and animal health
products. Merck is a leader in a broad range of areas such as
cardiology, infectious diseases, respiratory, vaccines, women's health
and sun care, and is focused on expanding offerings in other areas,
including virology, oncology and diabetes.
Merck is one of the top R&D investors in Canada, with an investment of
$78.6 million in 2010. Merck has a large manufacturing facility in
Québec dedicated to the annual production of some 35 million units of
its various brands, including Claritin® and Aerius®. Based in Montréal,
Québec, Merck employs over 1400 people across Canada. For more
information about our operations in Canada, visit www.merck.ca.
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1 Statistics Canada (2002) Economic Burden of Illness in Canada.
2 Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Ontario (2007) Preventing and
Managing Chronic Disease: Ontario's Framework.
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