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London Hospitals To Send Medical Records To The Cloud

by Emily Price | June 27, 2011June 27, 2011 9:00 am PDT

Would you want all of your medical records stored in a cloud? Patients in UK will be given that option next month, allowing them to have access to all of their medical records and giving them the ability to share those records with whomever they choose in real time.

The cloud-based service is powered by Flexiant, a Scottish cloud software and services provider, and a pilot of the program is currently underway at Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals in London.

Tony Lucas, founder of Flexiant, explains: “Hosting the data in the cloud as soon as results are published means that the patient can go online and access them, sharing them in real time with everyone who needs to see them.”

“They will be able to invite their GP, consultants, health carers and family members – people they trust and who need to know the results. This has massive implications for the future of patient treatment in the UK. For the first time patients can have control over their treatment and their records and that is enormously empowering.”

Currently transferring records between doctors or sharing them with additional parties can be a difficult task. Storing that information in the cloud can give a number of people access to the information simultaneously, and can over time reduce the paper cost for doctors offices and hospitals typically spend printing records, as well as eliminate the need to store record or ship them elsewhere. Records stored in the cloud will be able to be accessed on the web, as well as mobile phones and tablets.

Obviously there will be some security concerns with the program; however, the system plans to use several trusted identification methods to verify a person’s identity before giving them access to a particular record.

What do you think? Would you like to have your medical records stored in a cloud, with the ability to grant access to others?

Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...