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Healthspace named 'NHS website of the year'

By Steve Nowottny

Healthspace, the personal health organiser website run by Connecting for Health which will soon allow patients to have email consultations with their GP, has been named NHS Website of the Year.

The award – judged on criteria such as design, accessibility, usability, take up and cost effectiveness – was presented to the Healthspace team at the Health Business Awards last month.

More than 50,000 patients have already registered for a basic Healthspace account, which allows them to store and keep track of their health information such as blood pressure, weight and peak flow readings. But Healthspace will also enable advanced users – of whom there are so far just a few hundred registered – to view their Summary Care Record online when the project is rolled out nationally later this year.

Pulse revealed in November that Connecting for Health plans to allow patients direct email access to GPs through a new ‘Communicator' tool, as part of Healthspace.

Dr Gillian Braunold, Clinical Director for the Summary Care Record and Healthspace, was joined by Healthspace staff to collect the award at a ceremony at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium from part-time GP and GMTV presenter Dr Hilary Jones.

Dr Jones said: ‘When I look at the achievements of the award winners, I feel more proud than ever of our NHS. Despite being increasingly seen as a TV luvvie, I do still practice as a doctor seeing patients on a one to one basis, and I remain as aware as ever of just what a fantastic job the NHS does for the people of this country.

Will Nossiter, technical architect for Healthspace, said he was ‘very pleased' to accept the award, and added: ‘We have fantastic plans to enhance the functionality and user experience over the next three years.'

Earlier last month Connecting for Health manager Claire Adams won the Service Manager of the Year award in the Individual Excellence category at the British Computer Society's IT Industry awards.

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