Patients suffering from kidney diseases and particularly
those undergoing dialysis are benefiting from using technology in Scotland.
Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon got a firsthand view of
the Renal PatientView system on a visit to the renal unit at Glasgow Royal
Infirmary and said the system was proving extremely useful.
"Where patients are involved in the treatment and
management of their disease, the outcome is often better for all
concerned," she added. "Renal PatientView is an example of how modern
technology can help get patients more involved and the positive reaction from
patients clearly demonstrates that this has been a welcome move."
The Renal PatientView
website allows patients to have a say in their own care by enabling access to
blood tests and other information in a secure manner. The Renal PatientView
initiative was initially rolled out in Edinburgh in 2005 and has now been
extended to renal units in Dundee, Monklands, Kilmarnock and Dumfries.