PatientView (PV) gives patients information about their own care, including blood test results, medications and clinic letters, along with information about their diagnosis and treatments. The information is taken from the renal computer systems within hospitals and is updated on a daily basis. Patients can also enter their own results for blood pressure, weight and glucose. These can then be seen by the doctors in their renal centre, which improves monitoring without the patient attending clinic. There is a messaging system which patients can use to send and receive messages from their centre and surveys can be set up and carried out online with the aim of improving care.
Patients must give written consent for their information to be sent to PV.
All renal units in the UK (except Addenbrooke's, Cambridge and Imperial, West London) now participate in PV.
Patients can ask the centre administrator to set them up with a username and password or can go to www.patientview.org and click on 'I want to join’. There is no charge for patients – funding for PV comes directly from the renal centres.
The PV mobile app launched in 2018 and affords the quickest way to access health records.
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