Members of the public invited to share their views on online health records

NHS Yorkshire and the Humber is inviting views from patients and the public about its plans for making health records accessible online – at a public meeting to be held on 22 March in Leeds.

The plans are part of an NHS drive to encourage people to be more proactive in managing their own health, by promoting healthy living and the self-management of chronic conditions.
“Access to health information and open dialogue with health professionals are important to the success of this patient empowerment,” said Dave Lang, programme director – The Health Informatics Service.

“The government’s vision to modernise the NHS aims to deliver world-class healthcare with patients at its centre. Its information strategy ‘The Power of Information’ outlined the goal that, by 2015, every GP practice in England will be in a position to offer patients online access to read their GP records.

“The NHS aims to empower patients by providing them with more information than ever before, including everyone having access to their medical records. We want to do this in a way that meets the population’s needs, so we’d like people to come and share their thoughts with us and help us design a modern health service for everyone.”

Members of the public are invited to the event, where they will hear about the current situation and the NHS’s plans for the future. There will be an opportunity for them to share their experiences and give their views and suggestions on how the NHS can provide this service to enhance the patient experience.

The event takes places on Friday 22 March 2013 at Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH from 12.00 noon to 4.15 pm.

The afternoon will include talks from key NHS staff and informal interactive workshops. These will explore the reasons why many patients have not accessed their medical records in the past. They will also look at how the NHS can provide access to records and plan ahead.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance. Places can be booked online via the NHS Yorkshire and the Humber website or by telephone on 0113 295 2040.