What it means for you
You can start to build an online record of your health that will be there for you to access anytime and wherever you are. And you can choose to share it with your health and care professionals, your relatives or your carers.
Build an online record of your health
Groups of professionals and patients and service users in North West London are starting to use the Care Information Exchange. As it develops and more and more people use it, it will offer a number of benefits.
Peace of mind
Give access to your record on the Care Information Exchange to any health or care professional who needs to see it.
Many people have had the experience of needing to tell their history each time they go to a new health or care professional. Or of having to update one doctor on the result of a visit to another doctor. The Care Information Exchange can remove some of this burden from you by making that information available to your health and care professionals on your Care Information Exchange record.
Manage your healthcare from the comfort of your own home.
Having access to your information about your health and care can make you feel more involved and more in control. The Care Information Exchange can give you a library of advice materials such as leaflets, audio files and videos provided by your professionals. And you can record your own measurements and observations on your health.
Reduce the time you need to spend attending routine medical appointments that can be done more efficiently remotely or online.
If your doctor can monitor your health from the measurements and observations you have recorded on the Care Information Exchange, they may not need to call you in for a routine appointment. The Care Information Exchange also offers the potential for direct messaging or even video conferencing with professionals involved in your care.
Everyone on the same page
Give all the professionals involved in your care a better, more rounded view of your medical history, and improve your health as a result.
Currently, health and care professionals have access to information about you held by their own organisation, but often not to your records held by other organisations. For example, a consultant working in a hospital may not be able to see the information that your GP holds about you. The Care Information Exchange can get over this by putting more of your information in one place. The aim of sharing this knowledge is to improve your care and experience of care, helping you to avoid unnecessary appointments and tests.
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