27/02/12

Innovative Online System Helps Empower Patients with Long Term Conditions

NHS Kidney Care has launched a new report today, which highlights the benefits that people with a long term condition can gain from monitoring and managing their condition online.

The report, which was launched at an event held at The Kings Fund in London, presents the findings of a comprehensive evaluation NHS Kidney Care carried out around the usage of Renal PatientView (RPV), a secure internet-based system that enables people with kidney disease to view their test results online, and to input some self-collected data such as weight and blood pressure readings.

The evaluation shows that patients and health professionals believe that using RPV makes patients feel more in control of their medical care, and gives them a better understanding of their kidney disease. Professionals observed that patients who use RPV are more informed about their kidney disease, and are much more involved in decisions about their treatment.

To support the launch of the report, a new how to guide is also available, which looks at how one renal unit successfully increased the uptake of RPV, as well as a new podcast, in which a home haemodialysis patient describes how RPV helps him manage his condition.

To download the report, and the supporting resources please click here.