New plans from the NHS which have been described as ‘radical’, will allow patients to view test results online as well as book appointments. The process is being designed to be as simple and as secure as online banking is.
The official report was released yesterday, in which it sets out how patients will be able to view their health records online by 2018. This comes as part of an agenda to make the NHS a ‘digital pioneer’.
The NHS would provide a ‘kitemark’ to award sites and apps it feels could help improve patient health and lifestyles. In addition to this, doctors would also be able to prescribe free smartphone apps to patients to enable them to manage certain conditions such as diabetes and depression.
With apps such as Nike Training proving to be highly successful, the NHS’s latest plans seem in line with a new and successful approach to providing healthcare at the push of a button, or in most smartphone users’ cases, at the tap of a screen.