The Alberta Health Information Act ↗︎ permits health information custodians to screen electronic health records with algorithms available through Ensho’s data labs for the purpose of determining or verifying the eligibility of an individual to receive a health service
Ensho Health Intelligent Systems Inc. (“Ensho”) is a health technology company whose mission is to empower healthcare providers to do more with data. We realize our mission through the development and application of algorithms that screen electronic health records for specific clinical use-cases deployed at our clinical data labs. Each data lab operates under the supervision of a Medical Director and performs computational analysis of electronic health records as a service to physicians. We conduct analyses by:
Processing the data we receive with our Apollo automated electronic data capture (“aEDC”) system;
Inputting the parameters we extract with Apollo to algorithms encoded in medical device software; and
Preparing reports summarizing the outcomes of our analyses.
Our algorithms are intended for use as decision support tools that aid physicians in improving the detection, treatment and management of patients with rare and complex cardiovascular, neurological and rheumatic disorders that are difficult to screen for or lack definitive biomarkers. Their intended use includes identifying individuals in which specific follow-up investigations may be clinically appropriate.
They can be ordered through PDF and HTML requisition forms by physicians that attest to their use in the diagnosis or detection of a disease, illness, impairment, symptom, syndrome, or disorder or in medical management.
Permitted use of individually identifying health information by health information custodians is defined in Part 4 of the Alberta Health Information Act ↗︎ which states in its Section 27 that:
A custodian may use individually identifying health information in its custody or under its control for ... determining or verifying the eligibility of an individual to receive a health service
Privacy impact assessment materials for the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta are available from email@example.com upon request.
Physicians in Alberta can send electronic health records for which they are custodians to our data labs for analysis in compliance with the Alberta Health Information Act if they plan on using the outputs to determine or verify the eligibility of an individual to receive a health service. Doing so would qualify as a permitted use of personal health information for the purpose of activities to improve or maintain the quality of care provided by that physician as defined in Section 27 of Part 4.