pH Associates are very excited to have been involved in the project management of the launch of “My Medication Passport” as announced today by the NIHR CLAHRC Northwest London. The passport was designed and tested by patients and is a tool to help them manage their health by keeping track of their medications and key medical information. The passport is now available as a pocket booklet and downloadable smart phone application for both Android and i-Phones.
The passport allows patients and carers to keep an up-to-date list of their medications by recording medicine name, dose, and timings for all their regular and as-needed medicines; it also allows changes in treatment to be kept and will facilitate the communication of medical information between patients and healthcare professionals. Both booklet and electronic versions of My Medication Passport are flexible enough to enable patients to add details pertinent to their health and/or specific medication condition such as allergies and sensitivities, dates of vaccinations and screenings, home treatments and medication aids as well as hospital information if warranted.
Of use at any point in the patient’s care, community or hospital, My Medication Passport provides the user with easy to retrieve key information to communicate to healthcare professionals, thus saving time for both and ensuring accurate information transfer.
The booklet and electronic passports are supported by an ongoing evaluation programme which focuses on the use of the passport in practice and the impact it has on patients and healthcare professionals.
The passport was initially developed as part of a joint NIHR CLAHRC NWL (hosted by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital) and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust initiative to improve prescribing for the Elderly. It has been produced with support from AstraZeneca under a joint working agreement*.
Professor Derek Bell, Director of NIHR CLAHRC for NWL, says “I and the NIHR CLAHRC have been privileged to be part of this work. It reflects the drive and commitment of patients to work with health care professionals to make beneficial and rapid changes in health care delivery”
Fran Husson, patient representative with NIHR CLAHRC for NWL, says “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.”
More information including how to download the app and where to order the booklet version can be found at: