NHS Personal Health Stores allow secure and shareable health data exchange so that patients can stay informed and in control of their information.
People experience many health and care events over the course of their life, each of which generate data that is stored across siloed IT systems in the NHS. Much of this highly personal health data is inaccessible to the patient – moreover, they can’t control who has access to it and they can’t share it with those they trust. Moving towards interoperable systems – where data can be exchanged freely and securely – will open up new ways to improve healthcare services and outcomes.
Built upon the open source, decentralized Solid protocol and powered by XFORM, NHS Personal Health Stores keep personal health and care data in one place, under the control of the person who it belongs to. This means a person can safely and securely share slices of their personal data with those they trust most, including healthcare professionals and caregivers, who can then access key clinical information when they need it.
Joining up siloed data sources with patient-owned and controlled personal health stores means no information gets lost and data stays up-to-date. Additionally, an interoperable platform also opens broader access for collaboration with a wide range of services – linking up technologies and platforms, as well as healthcare practitioners, to drive the best outcomes for a person’s health and wellbeing.
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