Two trusts contract patient portal platform

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS FT are to partner with Wellola to deliver its new patient portal platform.

The platform will support the trusts patient-facing services, providing the ability for patients to manage appointments, view their medical records and receive educational resources.

At Birmingham Community the portal is being introduced to help support two million patient interactions across the West Midlands region each year.

For Leeds, the platform is said to be a ‘key facilitator of the trust’s digital vision’, with the implementation of the portal hoping to be live in the coming months. It will also be used to create virtual wards and manage elective waiting lists.

Andy Webster, Chief Clinical Information Officer and Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, stated: “This project will help us make an important step change in the way we communicate with our patients.

“It will facilitate clinical information sharing, enable patients to share information about their health and provide easy, direct access to digital information leaflets, advice and guidance. Working with Wellola, we aim to offer our patients the very best digital experience, which supports two-way communication, and sees our patients more involved in their own healthcare.”

Mr Bolaji Akinwale, Electronic Patient Record Programme Manager at BCHC, added: “Over the last five years we have been working to accelerate the use of digital technology within our services.

“Up to now much of this work has focussed on ensuring colleagues, especially patient facing ones, have the tools they need to provide the best care to our service users. This next phase is a really important step in putting more power and choice in the hands of our service users.”

Last week HTN welcomed the digital team from Leeds Teaching Hospitals, who shared their Criteria Led Discharge approach as part of HTN Now.