In the words of Dr Zafar Chaudry "managing your care your way"

It's been an exciting couple weeks with the pilot phase of MyChart - the new patient portal at Cambridge University Hospitals - being launched to a cohort of patients that attend the Trust's obesity clinic.

MyChart is the only patient portal in the UK that links directly to a fully integrated electronic patient record system (our Epic system which went live in October 2014 - part of the Trust's eHospital digital transformation programme). All hospitals across the world that use Epic are linked via Epic so if a patient is seen at another hospital that uses Epic, they can easily access the information added to their medical record from that hospital via MyChart.

Once registered and activated, patients can access the MyChart portal via PC or via the MyChart app which can be downloaded onto both Android and Apple smartphones and tablets, enabling them to securely access certain parts of their medical information held within their medical record in our Epic system.  They are able to view details of upcoming hospital appointments (and previous visits), demographics (i.e. address, date of birth, GP details), medications they are currently taking, any known allergies and letters/correspondence following a hospital visit. They are also able to complete pre-clinic health questionnaires electronically and submit prior to their clinic appointment so that they can be discussed during their next clinic visit. They can also contribute to their medical record by adding/amending problems, medications or allergies, which again can then be discussed with clinicians during their next clinic appointment.

Commonly used in the United States, MyChart helps to improve communications between patients and clinicians - enabling patients to be more informed and involved in their care.

Following the pilot, MyChart will be rolled out to each clinical specialty across the Trust, allowing patients to manage their care their way.

If you are a patient at Addenbrooke's or The Rosie (the hospitals that form Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and would be interested in accessing your medical information securely in this way, we'd really like to hear from you so please do get in touch to register your interest - mychart@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

We're proud to be putting patient care and experience at the heart of our digital future.

Dr Zafar Chaudry
Chief Information Officer
Cambridge University Hospitals