Scottish hospital improves access to information for patients
[Scotland, UK] A Scottish hospital is now piloting a new patient portal to improve user accessibility to health and care information.
An initial version has seen 40 pulmonary hypertensive patients from the Golden Jubilee National Hospital get access to the portal, delivered by Orion Health.
The technology is expected to be rolled out more widely after the two-phase pilot at the hospital in Clydebank is completed.
Sally Smith, Head of eHealth at the Golden Jubilee Foundation, said the hospital will continue to look for ‘new and innovative ways’ to improve services for their patients:
"In the next phase of the pilot planned for later this year, patients will be able to upload their own information and complete documents, such as follow-up questionnaires.
“It is hoped that by providing the patients with access to online questionnaires prior to and after surgery, we will further improve the service for this group of patients.”
Colin Henderson, Orion Health VP EMEA, added he expects to see more organisations ‘strengthen engagement’ with their patients through use of this type of technology during the following years.
Updated digital health strategy to be published at the end of the year
Last week, BJ-HC reported Scotland’s updated Digital Health and Social Care strategy will be published towards the end of 2017. A spokesperson also confirmed arrangements for the recruitment process of the first national CCIO for Scotland are ongoing:
"The Scottish Government continues to recognise the importance of leadership as key to driving forward the use of digital technology to support delivery of health and social care services, which will be the aim of the new Digital Health and Social Care Strategy,” the representative added.