Connect Care participants have expressed concern about recent news reports of a provincial government review of Alberta's health information systems. Is Connect Care at risk?
The review, fulfilling a pre-election promise of the new provincial government, does not reflect second thoughts, or any lack of support, for the Connect Care initiative. Rather, there are information services that Connect Care can offer patients and physicians that may overlap with other provincial offerings, like the provincial electronic health record and public service patient portal. The intent of the review is to consider the most efficient strategy for leveraging Alberta's considerable opportunities. A request for proposals from potential reviewers has been posted and review results are not anticipated until 2020.
The Connect Care initiative continues with unequivocal commitment to its first launch in November 2019, and beyond.