It’s like the “Oscars” of The UK National Health Service System
A Get Real Health platform made news once again as their client, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), got the ‘Highly Commended’ (runner up) award at the Health Service Journal annual awards. SLaM won the award in the “Innovation in Mental Health” category for MyHealthLocker, which is powered by InstantPHR.
The Health Service Journal Awards recognize the best of the health service delivery in the UK. Reflecting the modernization agenda, they light the way to the future and give the health service the recognition it deserves. Ingrained in the consciousness of everyone working in or with National Health Service management, they are the most prestigious awards in the industry, and are growing in importance and popularity each year.
MyHealthLocker, which was created for SLaM by Get Real Health, empowers patients by encouraging them to take control of their own health care records. SLaM’s innovative approach to patient-led electronic health records is a world first in mental health as it ensures patients are completely involved in their own care.
“Our patient empowerment program, underpinned by MyHealthLocker, represents a significant, relevant and sustainable service transformation, ensures patients are completely involved in their own care,” said Mike Denis, director of information and communications technology, SLaM. “Being placed right at the center of their health and social care experience, patients will be better informed about their health condition, become co-designers of their care plan and collect and share information about their outcomes.”
With MyHealthLocker, service users can engage in their treatment by accessing care plans, information about their condition and medications they use. There is a health diary element to the scheme so service users can monitor how they feel regularly.
People can securely collect, store and manage their own health information from a variety of sources. MyHealthLocker empowers patients to give feedback on the care they receive and facilitates collaborative care and treatment decision making with clinicians – putting patient choice at the center of the care relationship.
Service user Jiri Janeck, who has been involved with developing MyHealthLocker for more than two years, said he feels much more empowered than when there was just paper patient records and he is able to access his details, appointments and keep track of his medication.
“I feel better about my own care now,” Jiri said. “I can keep track of appointments and medication but I couldn’t before. I can see what my care team are doing and I feel empowered by that.”