Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Online records access: No longer a minority activity

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.   

Monday, August 15, 2011

YouTube 'How-To' videos for RPV

We've made a new page at to help explain some simple things to new users, and some new or more advanced features to existing users.
  1. Your comments welcome.  
  2. Ideas for what else should be shown?
  3. Your own videos welcome too.  Some videos of what you think, how you use RPV particularly welcome.  
(Thanks to Marone and Flora)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Where you can get RPV

RPV locations August 2011
We've updated the map showing where you can get RPV.  It now shows the centres that don't have firm plans yet (the white flags).  Some of these are paediatric units which may not have an electronic records system to base it on.  Others - ask them!
The link above is to the map in the RPV info pages at  Go to the full Google RPV Map here.