Patient is an online resource providing information on health, lifestyle, disease and other medical related topics. The website's aim is to provide members of the public with up-to-date information on health related topics in the form of comprehensive leaflets (which can be read online or printed), blogs, wellbeing advice and videos. Leaflets are compiled by qualified medical practitioners with several years of experience in the medical profession. In 2013, the site appeared in a "Top 50 websites" feature published in The Times.
1 History 2 Content 3 Patient Mobile 4 Awards 5 References 6 External links
'Patient UK' was first launched in 1996 as a directory of UK websites
providing health related information, and was originally operated by
Patient information Publications (PiP), a company established by two
medical professionals Dr Tim Kenny and his wife, Dr Beverley Kenny.
Further development occurred when Tim met Dr Gordon Brooks of Egton
Medical Information Systems (EMIS) who had been working with various
authors and suppliers, such as Oxford University Press, to create a
comprehensive regularly updated electronic medical reference for
General Practice called ‘Mentor’. Gordon invited the Kennys to add
condition information leaflets to Mentor so these could be printed out
for patients during GP consultations.
In January 1998, OUP published the newly accumulated patient materials
written by PiP with software developed by EMIS as the stand alone
‘Oxford PILs’ for use by non-EMIS practices. The software was
designed to connected with OUP’s version of Mentor.
The relationship between PiP and EMIS grew with Tim eventually
overseeing work of a group of medical authors maintaining patient
focused materials, coordinating with others writing articles for
medical staff based on common background research. The result was the
development of an extremely powerful and effective high quality
support system for medical staff and their patients which EMIS
delivered into all practices using its Electronic health record
systems, suitably indexed for rapid access in and around medical
Mentor proved extremely popular with practices and patients alike and
the next logical step was taken in December 2002 when EMIS and PiP
decided to include all suitable regularly updated information about
health and disease in a completely reworked evolution of the Patient
UK website. This was done so the reputable and reliable content (later
accredited by the NHS) could be accessed by all members of the public
who needed support, free of charge.
In April 2008, EMIS acquired PIP's share of Patient, but the company's
partners remain involved as consultant editors and lead authors. EMIS
continued to integrate the content with its Electronic health record
systems so that patients accessing their own records can go directly
to advice and information about their condition.
In February 2012, after Gordon retired, the
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^ a b Lewy, Ruth (25 January 2013). "50 top websites you can't live without". The Times. (Subscription required (help)). ^ http://patient.info/press-releases/data-service-offers-gps-insight-into-local-health-concerns ^ a b Henderson, Roger (27 May 2007). "Webwise: Click once and say aaah". Times Online. News International. Retrieved 12 April 2010. (Subscription required (help)). ^ "About Us: Authoring, Advertising and Funding". Patient. Egton Medical Information Systems. Retrieved 12 April 2010. ^ Mounstephen, Andrew (2007). "Patient Website". Oxford Journal of Occupational Medicine. Oxford University Press. 57 (4): 298. doi:10.1093/occmed/kqm018. Retrieved 22 April 2010. ^ O'Connell, John (15 May 2006). "Leave us cyberchondriacs alone!". Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 12 April 2010. ^ "Patient". The Good Web Guide. Retrieved 22 April 2010. ^ http://www.imedicalapps.com/2012/08/patient-co-uk-app-educational-pamphlets-patients/ ^ http://patient.info/awards ^ http://websiteoftheyear.co.uk/ ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-23. Retrieved 2014-03-26. ^ http://patient.info/accessapp