Patient access to digital records by 2017

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PATIENTS in England will be able to access their own GP records online from spring 2015 and will have full access to care records by 2017, according to a report published by the National Information Board.

Plans call for patients to have access to records for every visit to the GP and hospital, every prescription, test result, and adverse reactions and allergies to drugs. They will also be able to record their preferences and thoughts alongside official medical notes.

NHS ‘kitemarks’ will indicate trusted smartphone apps which will help patients access services and take more control of their health and wellbeing by 2015.

Plans also call for the establishment of a national digital standard for people at the end of life – building on the success of Co-ordinate My Care in London – so that care preferences are respected. Digitisation of the Personal Child Health Record will offer new mothers personalised mobile care records for their child, with a “digital red book” launched in 2016.

Tim Kelsey, National Informatics Director, said: "Our ambition is to make the NHS a digital pioneer for our patients and citizens."

The new framework sets out "how real time data will be available to paramedics, doctors and nurses, ensuring patients receive safe and effective treatment at the point of care. All NHS funded care services are expected to have digital and interoperable systems that remove the limitations of paper records and slow bureaucratic systems by 2020."

Link: Personalised Health and Care 2020 - Using Data and Technology to Transform Outcomes for Patients and Citizens