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AstraZeneca supports NHS medication passport app

Backs NIHR-NHS initiative under joint working agreement

NHS NIHR AstraZeneca Medication Passport 

A new online tool to help UK patients manage their health by keeping track of the medicines they have been prescribed has been launched in the UK

My Medication Passport is available as either an Android or iPhone app, as well as a paper booklet, allowing patients or carers to record the names, doses, and timings for regular and as-needed medicines.

Its features also allow users to add other details relevant to a patient's health, including as allergies and sensitivities, dates of vaccinations and screenings, home treatments, medication aids and hospital information.

The Passport's development was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), which said the tool would “facilitate the communication of medical information between patients and healthcare professionals”.

In addition to the NIHR and its main NHS partner, the project also had industry involvement from AstraZeneca, under a joint working agreement.

Looking to move beyond sponsorship arrangements, the joint working agreement saw the pharma company provide support in the shape of resources and expertise in order to help the NHS achieve its targets.

Work on the Passport was carried out with patient involvement by the NIHR's Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for North West London (NWL) in collaboration with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Fran Husson, patient representative with NIHR CLAHRC for NWL, said: “Patient and public involvement informs all CLAHRC activities and projects to improve healthcare using innovative methods.

“It is therefore not surprising that a group of patients working very closely with front line medical staff on quality improvement projects developed My Medication Passport, which brings a new dimension to care by empowering the patient to understand and manage medications across different care settings.”

The Passport has already been given to over 5,000 patients across Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust as part of its initial development.

NIHR CLAHRC said it now plans to make the Passport available more widely across North West London and then, potentially, further afield.

23rd April 2013

From: Healthcare

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