The Royal College of Physician’s (RCP) Health Informatics Unit (HCU) has published a review looking at the landscape of personal health data in the UK.
The report, which will inform new nationwide policy, is clear in its recommendations that all individuals should be able to access their own records online.
- PHR services are at a relatively early stage in terms of development and implementation.
- Use of PHRs is currently limited amongst individuals due to lack of accessibility or availability.
- PHRs provide an innovative opportunity to give individuals ownership over their personal data, however more demonstrable evidence is needed.
- There is a lack of evidence to support the benefits of implementation, but this is correlated to the limitations associated with short term funding constraints.