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Online medical record scheme booming


2 August 2013

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Over 2,400 patients with long-term conditions at one trust have signed up to update and view their medical records online.
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) launched the scheme in July last year. 
Patient surveys reveal that more than 77% feel “more prepared for hospital visits”, while many (73%) felt “more in control of their medical care”. 
The [email protected] scheme was developed in-house by UHB, which runs the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB). 

Over 2,400 patients with long-term conditions at one trust have signed up to update and view their medical records online.
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) launched the scheme in July last year. 
Patient surveys reveal that more than 77% feel “more prepared for hospital visits”, while many (73%) felt “more in control of their medical care”. 
The [email protected] scheme was developed in-house by UHB, which runs the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB). 
Further enhancements planned by the trust include connecting to telehealth devices which will create specific questionnaires to monitor patient vital signs, symptoms and treatment compliance while at home. 
Daniel Ray, UHB’s director of informatics, said: “The aim throughout the development of the system has been to enable patients to be more actively involved in contributing to their care.
“Feedback suggests the system has been overwhelmingly well-received by patients and clinicians, who have worked with us to develop its functionality. Increasingly we’re hoping it will also improve patients’ communication with their GP, for example, allowing them to log in at the surgery and discuss their results before a letter arrives through the post.” 

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