The advent of technology in the medical field has transformed not only patient expectations regarding their care, but the manner in which patients communicate with providers as well.
This sentiment was echoed recently by Matthew Patrick, CEO of Get Real Health client South London and Maudsley Foundation (SLaM). As the UK’s largest metal health provider, SLaM has seen the benefits of health IT first-hand through the deployment of their myhealthlocker platform.
The application, developed my Get Real Health helps those suffering from mental health issues access their records, track progress and share data with clinicians.
Patrick explains, “Citizens are now more informed, they have access to the internet, to information, to data. Through the consumer movement, people’s attitude towards consultation and services has changed.”
Patrick made these remarks while attending the Digital Innovation and Mental Health event in London, England recently. He spoke about the need for mental healthcare to keep pace with the changes to the doctor/patient relationship brought about by the availability of the internet.
He continues, “But there is undoubtedly a big shift taking place, and that is a shift that we as mental health professionals really want to support and encourage.”
As a leader in patient engagement, Get Real Health is proud to provide solutions to forward thinking organizations like SLaM. Our health journals and other trackers within the InstantPHR product mirror the call for change in the healthcare model that Patrick addresses.