Patients signed up to HealthSpace doubles

The number of patients signed up to the HealthSpace service has nearly doubled over the last year to 63,678.

HealthSpace provides free services including an online personal health organiser, a diary and appointment booking. The number of users was 36,060 in May 2008.

It can help patients to manage their health, store important health information securely, or find out about NHS services.

Anyone living in England, aged 16 or over, with a valid email address can register for a HealthSpace account.

Patients with HealthSpaces can access their own records. The website will enable them to share their summary care record (SCR) in a variety of ways, such as printing it out or logging into their HealthSpace account while in the company of a clinician.

This could be especially useful when outside England or, in the short-term, in areas where the SCR has not yet been adopted.

Patients who have chosen not to share their data routinely will be able to view their SCR through HealthSpace.

Dr Gillian Braunold, SCR lead at Connecting for Health, said that around two-thirds of those GPs she spoke to at a recent conference now said their patients wanted an  SCR.

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