The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) on Tuesday launched a Web portal designed to help physicians and patients better manage chronic conditions, the Toronto Star reports. Created by Practice Solutions Patients, the secure portal allows patients to input their health information and track their blood pressure, asthma and weight loss. According to the president and CEO of Practice Solutions, other tracking tools likely will be added to the portal, including tools targeting diabetes, smoking cessation and mental health. He added that the portal also might expand to include online appointment scheduling and prescription refills, as well as the ability to link a patient's personal health record to hospitals and regional health systems. CMA, meanwhile, called the health portal "the first physician-driven Canadian electronic patient health record platform" and said it could serve as a supplement, or sometimes substitute, for office visits. Experts, however, caution that Canada is still a long way away from having a complete electronic health record system (Ogilvie, Toronto Star, 4/2/08; Fayerman, Vancouver Sun, 4/1/08).