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24.09.13

Patients to access their own electronic records at NHS Lothian

Patients at NHS Lothian will be able to access their records electronically, it has announced. The move is expected to free up clinical and administrative time as well as improving patients’ understanding of their health.

The information is provided by TRAK and the Scottish Care Information Store (SCI Store), through a patient portal provided by Harris Healthcare. NHS Lothian provides services for around 800,000 people across 10 hospital sites, and employs 24,000 staff.

Martin Egan, director for eHealth at NHS Lothian said: “We have had great success in utilising a clinical portal at NHS Lothian to share patient information amongst clinicians across other health boards.

“The patient portal is a significant stepping stone in our strategy to provide patients with access to their own patient information. It ensures that patients are better informed about their health meanwhile providing them with opportunity to monitor and take greater responsibility for their own healthcare.

“For too long, patients have relied on healthcare professionals to find out and monitor basic information about their health or condition. The portal helps to encourage a step-change in putting the patient at the centre of the NHS.”

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Katarzyna   24/07/2014 at 10:47

About bloody time! Coming from a European country where the patient, not his doctor gets his test results makes me extremely annoyed that I have to ask my GP for my results every time I have the tests done!

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