Patient Portals are health care-related online applications that allow you to interact and communicate with your health care professionals. Typically, a patient portals allows 24/7 secure access to information such as recent doctor’s visits, discharge summaries, medications, immunizations, allergies and other valuable information.
Whether the application is a stand-alone website, a function of a provider’s website, or an add-on to an electronic medical record (EMR) system, what all of these services share is the opportunity for patients to interact with their medical record and health care provider.
Benefits of patient portals for patients and community
Patients are able to schedule appointments, pay bills, review lab results, and communicate with their care team, without the back and forth of phone calls and messages.
Patient portals allow access to records such as immunizations and allergies and can also provide information on community outbreaks of disease to help increase patient safety.
Patient portals allow patients to exchange secure messages with their care team and obtain records and information that helps patients be more engaged in their health and health care.