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Patient empowerment by electronic health records: first results of a systematic review on the benefit of patient portals.

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University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, Hall in Tyrol, Austria.


Patient portals provide patients with access to a provide-managed electronic health record (EHR). They may provide an interesting approach to increase patient empowerment. The objective of this paper is to provide a first overview of the state-of-the-art and the impact of patient portals. Based on a systematic literature search, we identified five evaluation studies on patient portals. These studies demonstrate only little effect of patient portals on patient empowerment.

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