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My Health portal to be created

20th June 2012

A new portal called 'My Health' will be created and built by the NHS Commissioning Board in order to let patients look at their records, make appointments and get prescriptions.


According to the Health Service Journal the Board have posted a job advertisement for a Director of Customer Experience.

The ad says the new portal will be a "digital multi-channel business development to allow patients to access their own health records and link these to functional transactions, including booking appointments and ordering prescriptions".

The new site will replace the government's HealthSpace plan, whose failure was talked about by the National Clinical Director for Informatics Dr Charles Gutteridge at the the Westminster Forum in May.

According to a document released in February called 'The Design of the NHS Commissioning Board', the Board said that the My Health portal will make up "part of the engagement, insight and informatics function".

Dr Gutteridge informed the forum that the Department of Health had to make a new website which let patients access their records.

However, a GP at a practice that spearheaded a campaign to get consent from patients before they uploaded their records has told EHI Primary Care he thinks the idea is "a terrible waste of money". 

Dr Neil Bhatia said: "Why would patients who wish to access online booking or repeat prescriptions, or indeed their medical records, go via a centrally-controlled government website when they can access it directly – and far more securely – via their practice?" 


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