Survey: 79 percent of US hospitals offer patient portal access via an app

By Aditi Pai

Female Doctor with TabletThe annual Most Wired hospitals report and survey results are out, and they include a bevy of metrics about health IT adoption in the US today.

Some 63 percent of hospitals on the 2015 Most Wired list, which includes US hospitals that have reached a certain level of IT adoption, offer patients self-management tools for chronic conditions, according to a companion survey of 741 representatives from more than 2,213 hospitals in the US.

The survey was sponsored by VMware and fielded between January and March of this year. It was also conducted in partnership with the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

The survey also found that 89 percent of Most Wired hospitals offer access to the patient portal through an app. This is significantly higher than last year's number, when just 58 percent offered this feature. It's actually not too far off from all hospitals represented in the wider survey. Some 79 percent of all hospitals in the survey offered access to the patient portal through the app, up from 47 percent in 2014. This year, 63 percent of Most Wired hospitals offered secure messaging, compared to 40 percent last year. Some 50 percent of Most Wired hospitals have an app for patients' personal health records too, up from 32 percent in 2014.

What's more, around 67 percent of Most Wired hospitals offer a feature to incorporate patient-generated data into their patient portal, and 60 percent offer patient education in multiple languages via the patient portal.