What is Patients Know Best (PKB)?
PKB gives you secure access to parts of your health record via an online patient portal.
Once you’ve signed up you’ll be able to view outpatient summaries, discharge summaries and even test results online. If you are receiving treatment elsewhere, from another healthcare provider, you may be able to see information relating to that too. All your data is stored securely. Simply log in to view your healthcare information or use it to understand and monitor your condition.
Have we got your email address on record?
So we can invite you to register for the portal please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, date of birth, and NHS number (if you know it).
PKB is free to use and will allow you to:
- See your record anytime: See all your appointments, medical correspondence, test results, and medication lists, together in one place, wherever you go.
- Receive notifications when new information is available, prepare any questions ahead of appointments and manage your health and care in the meantime.
- Add your data: Add important information about your past medical history or any old clinical documentation so it’s there in one place, when you need it.
- Track your health: Keep a journal, monitor your symptoms and add measurements. Understand what’s normal for you. Then, if something isn’t quite right, you know when to contact your health and care team.
- Share your record: Instantly share all, or parts of your record with anyone who needs it. Quickly give access to your GP, hospital consultant, at-home care provider, pharmacist, paramedic, carer or next of kin. Control what they see with granular privacy and consent settings and best of all, access it wherever you go (at home or abroad) for real peace of mind.
To find out more about this service or to understand how your data is protected go to the PKB website.
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How can I register?
We’ll be contacting patients who we have an email address for to invite them to sign up for a PKB account. So we can contact you please ensure we have an up-to-date email address for you. Contact our Patient access team – email@example.com
Received an invitation from us already? Go to joinpkb.com to complete registration.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What devices can I use to log in?
You can access your PKB record from any smartphone, tablet, or desktop device. There’s no need to update your device or install new software. Simply use your web browser to log in at my.patientsknowbest.com. However, either you (or your carer) will need regular internet access to receive your correspondence and to access all the features.
Will this affect my care?
No, this will not affect the care you already receive from us. Instead, it’s designed to improve your care and experience, help you to be more involved in decisions, get better explanations from us, and give you the tools to manage your care safely at home.
Is the system secure and how can I be sure my information won’t be shared on sold?
Patients Know Best is hosted within the NHS network, so it’s just as secure as the information we as a hospital hold about you. We chose this system because it meets the stringent NHS requirements for health record systems and is fully compliant with the Data Protection Legislation 2018. All personal and health information is encrypted (or coded), with PKB only having access to your NHS number. This means only you and the people you choose can access your health information.
Can I ask a carer or family member to register on my behalf?
Yes with your consent they can register on your behalf. However, they should not use their own email account to do this. If you want the family member or carer to have access to your record they can be added in the “sharing” section. This will allow them to set up their own account and allow you to control the level of access they have to your record.
Why can I no longer access results of my tests and investigations in my PKB record?
We are currently reviewing patient’s information sharing agreements with other healthcare providers and how we will collectively share information digitally. Therefore we have taken the decision to suspend reporting Radiology and Pathology results and reports on the Patients Knows Best (PKB) patient portal.
Once we have a Humber and North Yorkshire information sharing agreement we will be in a position to reconvene reporting results and clinical correspondence with our patients.
If you have access to your GP digital records you will be able to view correspondence sent to your GP from the Trust and other Healthcare organisations.
Why is the portal empty?
Once registered, your information will start to become available. In the meantime, you can add your own information, for example, by tracking your symptoms, recording any medication you take, connecting wearable devices (e.g. Fitbits or glucometers) or keeping a journal to help monitor any conditions.
I’m having technical problems. Who should I contact?
Please email PKB directly at firstname.lastname@example.org You only need to provide your name, the name of the organisation that created your account (i.e. this hospital) and a summary of the problem(s) you have encountered.