Health Minster Terry Lake says he wants to see patients receiving virtual health care in the near future.
Lake admits his doctor texts his own medical updates to him, and he says that should be standard practise across the board.
“We will see a time when you can get information from your physician, or your primary health care team, virtually, and not have to go down, and stand in line or wait in an office. It can be done in a more convenient way.”
Speaking at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade health forum, Lake also discussed how patients should own their own medical records.
“We need to allow the patient to be empowered. The system we have now doesn’t really allow us to do that very much. Who owns the medical record? Not the patient. The doctor owns the medical record, your information.”
Right now, information belongs to the patient, but the physical record belongs to the organization who created it.