Wednesday, December 31, 2014

PV2: Please try it out now

Existing PatientView users can now log in to the Staging version of PV2 at  It has real data up to early December.  Please test it!
  • You may be asked to change your password the first time you log in.  That will only change it at the staging sitenot at 'live' Passwords need at least 7 characters in PV2.  
  • Results at are complete up to early December, but are not being updated. (Go to still to see new results.)  
We'd love to hear your feedback.
WHY? see last post.  
It works pretty much like current PatientView, but you'll spot some differences. In particular:
  • The first view of Results shows a lot of numbers but not a table.  This is to make it work well on mobiles.  
  • You can get to a table by clicking on Table View - and now you can choose what you see there, and in what order.  

  • Graphs - get to these by clicking on 'View more details' under each result.  Choose what period to show by clicking on the buttons at the top or using the sliders at the bottom.  We think they're much better, what do you think?  
Click on 'About' for more info about the test.
Alter what the graph shows using the sliders (arrows)

  • Info links are now under My Conditions.  If you have two conditions (e.g. Renal and Diabetes, and have joined both) you'll see two sets of info links, one for each.
  • Transplant status, Other Conditions are now under My Conditions.  

We are fixing a few glitches 

  • Decimal points in some results not right.  
  • The view on a good-sized tablet should be fixable to look like the big screen version instead of like the mobile phone version  
  • We'd like graphs to be able to show two things together.  You choose which two
  • GP logins need a better fix and that's quite a lot of work
  • Transplant status isn't there.  That needs some work, hope it should be ready in time for 20th.

Please post comments below!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

PatientView 2 is on the way!

PatientView gives over 30,000 renal patients, and some with diabetes, immediate access to test results, letters, and other info. 

It may have seemed quiet here recently, but behind the scenes we've been doing a huge amount of work.  PatientView2 (PV2) is on the way!  We're aiming for December launch.  First-look screens:

Why PV2?
  • Half of logins are from mobiles or tablets, but PV1 doesn't work well on mobile devices.
  • PatientView was written 10 years ago for a pilot project.  It's grown much bigger and it is proving a strain to get the old system to do all the things we're asking it to do now.
  • Some other specialties are joining us, and we need to sort out how to show them best.
  • There are lots of exciting things that PatientView could  do, but it's been difficult to integrate them.
  • It should do all the things that existing PatientView does, plus more, and better.  

Help us with your comments

  • Your comments are very welcome below.  We will be speaking to a few of you individually over the next 2-4 weeks.
  • An important Q is how to show numbers in a way that works well on small as well as big screens.  We know that new test results are the usual reason for logging in when you do.  Here are initial ideas.  How badly do we need to keep the old 'big table' view of current PatientView?  (it could be possible to add it later, but with the extra info we want to provide it will be a difficult format even on a large screen)
Results home.  There is one result per box.

When you click on one of them you get a list of all the previous values, more info and a graph

GP medicines on PatientView

We're about to test a link to GP drug lists, so we'll be able to show what your GP thinks you're on as well as what your Unit thinks you're on.  This is being tested in a few units first - list to follow of who's in line.
If it's working in your unit you'll see a notice asking your permission when you log in.  You'll see it again on the Medicines page (and you can change your mind there too).
This could be really useful for staff in Renal Units too, who often can't see this info.  
If this works, next thing we'll do is make it easy for you to tell us what's wrong with the lists. 

Friday, April 18, 2014


When you click on Results, you are now offered a 'Graphic' option, or "see these results as a graph".  This is Creatinine for someone starting dialysis:
For creatinine, higher numbers are worse. So for this patient, things got worse, then when they started dialysis, creatinine fell, but now it goes up and down before and after dialysis.
When you hover over a point on the graph, the number and date appear in the pop-up.  If you click on the results title you'll link to info, like the creatinine info which tells you what 'normal' should be and what is different in patients with kidney disease.
Below the graph you can choose how long a period to show, and on the left you can choose which result to show.  Here are some recommendations:

  • Creatinine is a useful test for showing kidney function, but 
  • eGFR shows approximate % kidney function, so low numbers are worse.  

For most tests the scale up the side is non-linear - for example in the creatinine graph, 500 is quite close to 1000.  This is often useful to show important changes, but we're experimenting with options.
Please comment below!