NHS England is planning to create a new website that will provide users with a “one-stop shop” for information about the health service, including information on new drugs and treatments.
The website, which is expected to be launched this summer, will be run by the Health Information Centre, which works closely with NHS England to deliver NHS services.
It is hoped the website will give patients more control over the information they receive, with better access to relevant information, and offer better insights into the services they receive.
“We want to provide more patient-centred care through information, with the aim of helping patients get better outcomes from their health services,” a spokesperson for the Health information centre said.
“Our aim is to provide better information to patients, and this new online portal will help us achieve this.”
The Health Information Portal is expected come into effect on the same day that NHS England begins rolling out its new drugs, treatments and equipment, which will include new imaging equipment for the first time.NHS England says the new website will also help people find information about NHS services and services that are not currently available, such as “fitness programmes” and “health alerts”.
“We are working with NHS Trusts and providers to provide them with more information about their services, as well as information on the NHS’s clinical trial programme and the use of the NHS electronic health record,” the spokesperson said.
The new website is being built by the Healthcare Information and Communications Service (HICS), which was set up in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in 2015.HICs chief executive Mark Richardson said the organisation is “looking forward to building a new online platform that provides patients with the latest information on healthcare and the NHS”.
“Access to the NHS is vital to everyone in our communities, so we’re committed to making the NHS even more accessible,” he said.