patient portal

By Aditi Pai October 8, 2014
Almost 37 percent of patients enrolled in a large academic health system's patient portal sent at least one message to a physician in 2010, according to a study of 49,778 patients who enrolled in the patient portal between 2001 and 2010. The 37 percent of patients who sent at least one message to a physician made up 8.4 percent of all patients in the health system at the time. Researchers who...
By Aditi Pai August 13, 2014
While 49 percent of patients know their doctor's office offers a patient portal, 40 percent were not aware of a patient portal offering and 11 percent of patients know their doctor doesn't offer one, according to a survey of 430 patients from research firm TechnologyAdvice. The research firm suggests that the number of patients who are not sure whether their physician's office offers a patient...
By Jonah Comstock July 8, 2014
Salt Lake City, Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare has released its second patient-facing app, called Intermountain Health Hub. The app, available from both the iOS AppStore and the Google Play store, contains a number of different features and functions for Intermountain patients including medical reference information, information for locating care, and access to health records. The app has...
By Aditi Pai March 5, 2014
There was no significant change in the frequency of office visits for patients who used an electronic messaging system through a patient portal, according to a retroactive study of 2,357 adult primary care patients at Mayo Clinic's Rochester, Minnesota location. The data in the study was from April 2010 to August 2011. "The portal has been promoted as a way to decrease administrative costs of...
By Jonah Comstock February 26, 2014
Patient engagement is about giving patients communication channels they want as well as the ones they need, according to Chanin Wendling, Director of eHealth at Geisinger Health System. And from her experience, patients are still more interested in useful web-based patient portals than they are in apps. "We did a study this past summer on women's health where we were trying to figure out if we...
By Jonah Comstock February 24, 2014
Web-based patient portals, in one form or another, have started to become commonplace in American doctor's offices and hospitals. Partly this is due to requirements in Meaningful Use Stage II that patients have access to their own data. But the typical patient portal gives patients a small spattering of information like charts or lab results, without interpreting that data or making it actionable...