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Chest. 2016 Jan;149(1):272-7. doi: 10.1378/chest.14-2559. Epub 2016 Jan 6.

Patient Portals: An Underused Resource for Improving Patient Engagement.

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1
Robert A. Foisie School of Business, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA.
2
Reliant Medical Group, Worcester, MA.
3
Reliant Medical Group, Worcester, MA. Electronic address: Lawrence.Garber@ReliantMedicalGroup.org.

Abstract

The potential of patient portals to improve patient engagement and health outcomes has been discussed for more than a decade. The slow growth in patient portal adoption rates among patients and providers in the United States, despite external incentives, indicates that this is a complex issue. We examined evidence of patient portal use and effects with a focus on the pulmonary domain. We found a paucity of studies of patient portal use in pulmonary practice, and highlight gaps for future research. We also report on the experience of a pulmonary department using a patient portal to highlight the potential of these systems.

KEYWORDS:

patient engagement; patient portals; personal health records; pulmonary

PMID:
26066707
DOI:
10.1378/chest.14-2559
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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