Digital Health has reported a variety of different patient groups treated by clinicians from University of Southampton NHS Foundation Trust are all benefitting from the pioneering use of personal health records to help speed up their treatment, reduce hospital visits and better tailor care to their needs.
The patients using PHRs range from young people with renal conditions, making the difficult transition to adult care who require support. Men who are recovering from prostate cancer and traditionally have to visit a hospital every six months to discuss their PSA test results. And patients scheduled for operations, who would usually require a visit for a pre-operative assessment.
A recent CCIO and Health CIO Network Best Practice Site Visit on PHRs, covered presentations from clinicians and academics who described how Southampton’s MyMedicalRecord PHR, is being used to help better tailored and personalised patient care for each of these patient groups.
Southampton’s PHR, locally developed using tools from GetRealHealth and Microsoft HealthVault, enables patients to directly access test results, book appointments, follow treatment plans and pathways, complete questionnaires and surveys, and have online secure email consultations with a clincian.