Webwatch: Trust becomes first to offer all patients online access to medical records

A hospital trust in Southampton has become the first in the country to offer all patients the chance to access and manage their health records online.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) has extended the use of the My Medical Record (MyMR) website which allows patients to access parts of their record from home or on the go.

A UHS spokesman said: “The innovation gives staff the opportunity to make information which is held in clinical and admin systems, such as upcoming appointments, test results and consultant advice, available to patients electronically in an instant.

“Additionally, they can keep daily diaries on their health, upload data from devices used at home – such as blood pressure, blood sugar and Fitbit activity – and communicate with doctors and nurses without attending hospital.”

MyMR was first launched at UHS in 2012 and piloted among patients with inflammatory bowel disease before being extended to cover other services.

Adrian Byrne, director of informatics at UHS, said: “MyMR really is leading the way in working towards a virtual hospital environment which gives patients much more control over their healthcare and better accessibility to their clinical teams and health record.

“We are extremely proud of the impact this development is having, not only in Southampton and the surrounding area but across the country, at a time when the digital agenda forms an integral part of plan for the NHS over the next 10 years.”

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