myhealth@QEHB to roll-out16th May 2012
A major British hospital is to roll-out its patient portal which will allow people with long-standing conditions to view and update their medical records.
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust piloted the myhealth@QEHB portal with patients with a long-term liver condition but from July patients receiving treatment in specialties such as diabetes and prostate cancer will also have access to the web-based system.
The trust’s director of informatics Daniel Ray said this was the first system of its kind in the UK.
“It’s a leading-edge patient portal that supports the delivery of high quality care through increased knowledge, support and communication,” he said. “A significant number of people stand to benefit from it in years to come as we roll it out.”
Developed in-house by the informatics team and IT teams at University Hospitals Birmingham, it means that liver patients can log in from wherever they are and view their medication, test results, discharge letters, and details provided in clinical appointments.
Consultant hepatologist James Ferguson said it was the perfect way to use modern technology to improve patient care.
“Many of my patients have to travel a great distance for their care in Birmingham, and I believe they should have access to their own records,” he said. “It is their health and they deserve the right to see their letters and blood results in an accessible format.”
The hospital believes that Myhealth@QEHB will improve communication between healthcare professionals in what it has branded a prototype “social network for the NHS”.
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Title: myhealth@QEHB to roll-out
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 21899
Date Added: 16th May 2012