5th July 2018 by Yvonne Adebola
A new NHS App that will allow patients to check their medical records and book GP appointments is being developed as a ‘birthday present’ to patients, it has recently been revealed.
We at medCrowd HQ were pleased to see that the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) greeted the announcement with a ‘cautious welcome’ as like us they are keen to see that patient information is fully protected.
Our watchword at medCrowd is ‘safe’. It is central to the reason we developed our compliant instant messenger for health and care that keeps everyone in touch while protecting confidential information. And it guides everything we do, which means that the first question we ask with any new deployment or development of the app is: will it keep patient information safe?
Launching the NHS App, former health secretary Jeremy Hunt said it would allow people to be in control of their information and become ‘expert patients’. medCrowd allows patients with chronic conditions to contribute to conversations with their health and care teams in their own secure channel so we’re pleased to see how we can work with this development to ensure everyone can keep in touch to ensure the best care for everyone.
The RCGP chair Helen Stokes-Lampard said that allowing access to medical records on individual smartphones means the "security and reliability of the identity verification processes being used are of the highest international security standards". Additionally, the Government has said in response that security for the new app will be on a par with online banking or higher. We at medCrowd have spent a lot of time over the past year ensuring we can protect confidential information to the required standards - and our growing list of healthcare partners are testament to that.
The NHS is on the edge of a full digital health evolution and we’re proud and excited to be part of it!