What is a patient portal?

A patient portal is a secure, password-protected website that allows people to access their medical records, either from a home computer or a mobile device. Using this information, people can review items about their personal health to ensure accuracy and easily monitor their own health trends–including important numbers such as blood pressure.

People who are better informed about their own health are able to take better care of themselves and have better outcomes. While patient portals are valuable to patients and parents of minor children, they’re also extremely valuable to caregivers of older people.

Once the person has granted access, caregivers can review their loved one’s medical record and become informed about their loved one’s care without being at the doctor’s appointment.

Having a patient portal is a culture change for patients, doctors and staff, but this level of transparency is beneficial for everyone. It starts an important and valuable dialogue that will improve care for everyone.

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