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Better access to healthcare information in Nova Scotia

By Caitlin Snow Apr 14, 2023 | 10:45 AM

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Better access to healthcare information in the province, starting today.

A new online-dashboard, updated monthly will aim to make the healthcare situation in the province a little more clear.

“Nova Scotians want and deserve to see the whole picture when it comes to accessing primary care options,” said Health and Wellness Minister Michelle Thompson. “This new data will help Nova Scotians see there are many ways to get the care they need, when and where they need it.”

New data to be included on the dashboard includes:
— total visits to VirtualCareNS
— total visits to mobile primary care clinics
— total visits to Nova Scotia Health’s primary care clinics
— total visits to urgent treatment centres
— total visits to urgent care centres.

Need a Family Practice Registry data moving to the dashboard includes:
— number of registrants by zone, network and cluster
— reasons for registration
— number of new registrants
— number of registrants who found a provider
— number of registrants who have access to primary care clinics
— number of people who have signed up for VirtualCareNS.

Quick Facts:
— the registry was created in December 2016 to improve access to primary care providers
— all Nova Scotians on the registry have been invited to access care through VirtualCareNS
— as of April 1, 60,942 Nova Scotians have registered for VirtualCareNS
— in March, there were 1,249 visits to mobile primary care clinics, 4,631 visits to urgent treatment centres, 7,021 visits to VirtualCareNS and 4,157 visits to primary care clinics

The data can be found on the daily dashboard under “Public Reporting” on the Action for Health website at: https://novascotia.ca/actionforhealth. More types of data will be added in the coming months.



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