Connected Nottinghamshire has partnered up with Patients Know Best (PKB) to connect their population to the information and services they need all in one place. 

The digital transformation programme, set up by the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System (ICS), are the first to integrate with the NHS App and NHS login’s encrypted single sign-on.

This creates a single “front door” to local digital health and care services by enabling the public to securely connect NHS login to their personal health record data. It also means they can access the same PHR data inside the NHS App interface.

Alexis Farrow, head of strategy and transformation for Connected Nottinghamshire, said: “This is a significant step forward in modernising health and care services across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and we are thrilled to be working with Patients Know Best to achieve this.

“We have spent the last two years talking to our population to enable us to understand what digital services would improve their experience and interaction with health and care services. We have developed our plans around their needs.

“In response to the needs of our population we are also providing free digital support and training across in places like libraries to support people to access and use digital technology.”

The long-term vision is to make digital health and care standard practise across Nottinghamshire, by offering patients virtual access to care plans, library resources, remote consultations, messaging and self-monitoring, while also providing the ability to integrate medical devices, take advantage of social prescribing and share data with those involved in a person’s care.

With patients and professionals able to access a complete personal health and care record populated with data from hospitals, GPs, social care and mental health services, it is hoped the Nottinghamshire PHR will become the public-facing ‘hub’ joining up information for the first time in line with the local ICS vision.

Dr Mohammad Al-Ubaydli, CEO and founder of Patients Know Best, added: “Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS has the best NHS App usage of any area in the country.

“This is a clear reflection of their determination to empower the local population with the digital tools and services they need to more effectively and safely manage their health and care. It’s what the population has asked for – and it’s what they have delivered.

“Nottinghamshire are the trailblazers in this landmark integration and we’re thrilled to work in partnership with this great team to make access to PHRs mainstream across the region.”

Nottinghamshire’s digital journey was noted as a case study in NHSX’s latest Tech Plan.

The team, along with Mohammad, are due to speak at Digital Health Rewired on Wednesday (4 March). They will be in the Cloud and Mobile Theatre from 3.30pm to 4pm where they will be speaking about “The Nottinghamshire Digital Revolution”.

There’s still time to register Rewired if you haven’t – you can register online up until midday on 3 March, and at the door on 4 March.