What is Patient Portal?

What is Patient Portal?

A patient portal is a secure online website that gives patients convenient 24-hour access to personal health information from anywhere with an Internet connection. All patient portals give the patient patient the ability to interact in some way with the doctor’s office. Patient portals benefit both patients and health care providers by increasing efficiency and productivity. Patients are able to view a number of things in their secure patient portal using a provided username and password.

Here are some of the things that you can view:

  • Upcoming appointment schedules
  • Detailed summary of recent doctor’s visit
  • Diagnosis by the doctor
  • Lab orders
  • Lab results
  • Treatment information
  • Medication and prescriptions
  • Prescription refills
  • Allergies
  • Insurance information
Divine Dermatology Patient Portal

Another important aspect of having a patient portal is the ability to receive and send messages directly from your doctor.

The History of Patient Portals

The idea of accessing and interacting with an organization was pioneered by the financial industry in the 1990’s. In 2009, the HITECH Act set aside $19 billion as funding for electronic healthcare information technology.This created a boom of digital development for systems for storing medical records electronically.

Going forward, Electronic Medical Recrod companies started to merge medical practice management with their systems to create the modern patient portal we have today.

What are the benefits of having a Patient Portal?

A Patient Portal is a new way for your healthcare provider to communicate with you. It contains the most up-to-date information regarding your office visit. This includes the doctor’s diagnosis and the proposed treatment, whatever medication you might be prescribed and also the results of your lab tests.

Having a patient portal cuts down the time to relay important information directly from the doctor to you, and also reduces the number of phone calls between you and the doctor’s office.

Another benefit of having a patient portal is the convenience it brings to the patient. All your information is readily accessible online so it can be viewed at any time between doctor visits.

Patient portals are bound to comply with HIPAA regulations, which specify which aspects of the patient information must be kept confidential. As such, Patient Portal providers have always put patient information security as their number one priority.

If you would like to read more about the benefits of Patient Portals, please read this article by the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.

To gain access to our Patient Portal, please call us at (727) 528-0321

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