Nova Scotia’s online health tool to shut down entirely in March

A platform that allows patients in Nova Scotia to view routine medical test results and contact their doctor online will be discontinued in March.

In August, the Nova Scotia government announced MyHealthNS would soon be no more, as the company involved in its creation opted not to renew the contract.

According to the province, the final day to access the MyHealthNS system for health care providers will be March 27. For patients, access will continue until March 31.

Nova Scotia Health Minister Randy Delorey says despite the digital health service being the “first of its kind,” it took longer than expected for patients and physicians to buy in.

“You always have early adopters at the front end of technology curves, and then it just takes a little bit of time sometimes for the message to get out to others.”

The reasoning for why the contract wasn’t renewed remains unclear. In a statement to Global News, McKesson Canada said the decision not to renew the contract “was not taken lightly.”

“Discussions took place over eight months to try and find a sustainable path forward for both McKesson Canada and the province,” said McKesson Canada spokesperson Andrew Forgione in a statement.

“McKesson Canada and the government of Nova Scotia have a longstanding and positive relationship.”

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