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Personal health record integrated into NHS App

17/07/20

Mark Say Managing Editor

Nottinghamshire has become the first part of the country to use a personal health records (PHR) function within the NHS App.

NHS App on smartphones

Connected Nottinghamshire, the digital transformation programme for the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System, has become the first healthcare organisation to pilot the integration of the All-in-One system developed by Patients Know Best (PKB).

This is said to be the first integration of its kind, making it possible for patients with PKB health record to access it through the NHS App interface.

The function was delivered in Nottinghamshire in a partnership with NHS Digital, which developed the app, and has been running since February.

PKB said that other regions including London, Cheshire and Sussex are expected to follow this year. 

Ian Phoenix, NHS digital director of citizen health technology, said: “The NHS App is one of the many tools being used by hundreds of thousands of people across England giving them greater control of managing their healthcare. 

“Integrating personal health records with digital tools like the NHS App, underpinned by NHS login, will empower patients to have greater visibility and ownership of their own medical records – so they are all in one place and accessible to them whenever they are needed.”

Existing and future features

PKB users who access their record via the NHS App can see existing features in one place, including messages, consultations, care plans, medicines and appointments. Other features including test results (hospitals), symptom tracking and the journal are scheduled to be released in the coming months. 

The company said the number of NHS App users has more than doubled since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis in March and now stands at over 800,000. Nottinghamshire now has over 45,000 people registered for and using the app.

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