This means you can carry it around with you wherever you are. Anyone treating you will be able to access up to date information about you, instantly.
Having a copy of your medical records at your fingertips will also make you more informed about your health, studies show that owning your health information leads to better lifestyle decisions.
1) Take photo ID (passport or driving licence) and proof of address (such as a utility bill) to your GP practice and tell them you want to start using their online services. If you do not have any ID then please talk to a member of staff.
2) Fill in the short registration form they give you.
3) You will then be sent a letter with your unique username, password and instructions on how to log in.
How do I get access to my data?
You will need your login details for Patient Online. Once you have these you can use them to connect and download your health data using digi.me.
Who can access their NHS data?
If your doctor uses EMIS, one of the main electronic health record systems, you will soon be able to connect digi.me to your account, using the same Patient Online credentials you have to book appointments or order repeat prescriptions online with your doctor.
What data will be available?
The types and amount of data available will be set by each GP practice, but common ones will include vaccination history, medications, prescriptions, existing conditions, as well as health measurements and allergy information.
When will you support other health record systems providers?
We are working with the NHS to enable individuals to connect to other NHS data sources and hope to make further announcements soon.
Can I get more data?
Legally individuals have a right to access all their data in an electronic format, however GP practices may not enable all data by default. You may be able to access more data by making a subject access request to your GP practice and asking them to make the data available via Patient Online.
What do I do if I find a problem with my record?
If you find a problem with your record you should speak to your health care provider.
What is digi.me?
Digi.me is a free app that enables users to aggregate data from across their digital life – including wearables, social and finances – to build a complete picture of their online life.
Is my health data safe in digi.me?
Digi.me has been independently vetted by the NHS to ensure it meets its privacy and security standards. Digi.me doesn't see, hold or touch individuals' data, you can find how we secure all your data here.