Access to patient records through the NHS APP or Systmone Online
From 4th April 2023, most patients aged 16 and over with online accounts (such as through the NHS APP or other patient online apps) will automatically be able to view new enteries in their clinical record, including details of medications, test results and records of appointments they have has with any clinician entering information to the clinical system.
This is an NHS England programme and supports the NHS Long Term Plan commitments to provide patients with digital access to their health records.
Better access to health information enables patients to become partners in their health. Evidence demonstrates that access to records: Increase patients feelings of autonomy, understanding of their health and ability to self care. Supports patients to prepare for appointments by acting as a written reminder or record of previous interactions Reduces the need for patients to contact general practice to get test results and referral notifications Increases data quality within patient record by enabling patients to flag if they think there are inaccuracies in their record Positively impacts on clinical indicators such as (HbA1c) in diabetic patients
Automatic sharing of this information will reduce the burden on GPs long term, where they are currently required to manually share this information upon individual requests
Supporting patient-centric approach to health and care, better access to records helps people to better understand and manage their health, leading to better health outcomes and improved patient and staff satisfaction.