A pilot scheme has been launched that will enable you to access your health records via a free online portal.
And, while we’re piloting the service with our heart patients first, we’re hoping to roll it out to other specialities soon.
Designed to improve your experience, it provides you with access to clinical letters, test results, information about your condition and more from your laptop, smartphone or tablet.
You can also share all, or specific parts of your record, with anyone involved in your care – for example, carers, family members or healthcare professionals.
The service also provides tools to help you understand and monitor your condition from the comfort of your own home by tracking your symptoms.
You can even connect up Bluetooth devices to upload data.
Benefits of access to your health records
Heart failure patient Mike says he currently logs key indicators such as his weight, blood pressure and activity in a paper diary and thinks being able to track this online would be useful.
He said: “It’s about taking responsibility for your own health, spotting trends, knowing what’s normal for you – and this information helps the clinical teams adjust your medication as and when required.”
Gill Bromby, heart failure specialist nurse, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for cardiology patients to start to really take control of their own health.
“By registering for Patients Know Best they’ll be able to monitor and track their own symptoms online, view key clinical information from the hospital and even share this information with other professionals involved in their care. If you receive an invite to register please do so and if you have any questions speak to us about it at your next appointment.”
Existing Cardiology patients can expect to receive an email invitation to register during July.