That's the headline of the latest RPV News which has just been published. We think that RPV remains the UK's only national system for looking up specialty records and resulst. There are now a number of local initiatives in other specialties, which is great.
We are sending paper copies of RPV news to RPV admins in every renal unit, but you can download a copy from the foot of www.renal.org/rpv, or directly by clicking here.
The number of users has risen by about 30% over the last 12 months; RPV now has over 17,000 registrations. On an average weekday there are about 1,000 logins.
But really good news is that 8 renal units now have more than 50% of their dialysis and transplant (RRT) patients enrolled. Bristol is well ahead with 65%, almost two thirds of their RRT patients. The UK only has 72 units, and RPV has only been available in many for a relatively short time, so that is an impressive result.
Surveys repeatedly show that even in high-uptake units the most common reason for not joining is not being aware of RPV, or "I'd heard of it but I didn't realise it could be useful for me".
The graph shows the rise in registrations in Salford when they decided to be more active about recruitment. It looks as if the number of logins per person went up too during this drive, suggesting it was reaching existing users too, though it's early to say that for certain.
Many people already share their login with staff at other hospitals, surgeries, or units. Some people have asked whether it could be made possible for others to see your RPV records in an emergency, at a time when you aren't able to give permission because you are too unwell.
Would this be a good idea?
Alternatives: show your RPV login in a card in your wallet, or even on an alert bracelet/necklace.
If we were to build it into RPV, we would have to work out how to make it simple while keeping it safe, how to tell you later who had accessed it, and whether to make this available for everybody, or only those who wanted to.
We just added 'About Me', with which you can upload a photo and show some info about yourself that you'd like your renal team, or other medical teams, to know. You can also put in 'Things I'd like to talk about'.
At the moment you can print this out or show it online. We may add a tick-box that would let you make this page viewable without a login, if you want.
Look forward to feedback.