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7 Portals Powering Patient Engagement

Meaningful Use has put new strains on providers in terms of patient engagement, but these portals help ease the burden, says recent KLAS report.
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According to the KLAS report, Epic is a "highly regarded portal product with robust functionality." The portal is available only to Epic clients for data from Epic EMRs, yet it accounted for 42% of total portal users in the report's interview sample. In the report, Epic MyChart had the highest percentage of clients sharing clinical data and provider messaging. It was also ranked as easy to use and popular among patients. Some respondents said they want to implement more advanced functionalities into the system, like connectivity with home health devices. Overall, the report concluded Epic holds an advantage in its customer base due to integration benefits and its single-vendor strategy.

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User Rank: Apprentice
7/10/2015 | 6:37:01 AM
AGFA Healthcare Portal
It seems  that a few prominent vendor portals have not had a mention for whatever reason.  Raising questions on the quality and functionality of some of existing portal solutions currently offered at this time and meeting the demands of truly Integrated Care.  As I see it this is a work in progress to bring all care settings together across Health and Social Care.  AGFA has a long history in Healthcare, the delivery of PACS being one of the true successes of healthcare reform in NHS UK. The Portal solution is a web-based access to patient health information for patients and care providers, inside and outside the hospital.
User Rank: Apprentice
1/9/2015 | 12:29:26 PM
Most of these are portals that require integration to an EHR, and it's hard to write an article about that as no private practice would be a candidate to buy EPIC just for the sake of using their portal.
User Rank: Apprentice
1/31/2014 | 10:06:48 AM
Patient Portals
After reading this article I have several questions and observations. If a patient portal is simply a way for patients to view or obtain records, make appointments, communicate in some way with their provider then it makes sense that most users seem to be satisfied.

The transition from paper to electronic health records, just based on the technology alone can have far reaching impact in providing better healthcare care through modern communications.

For example, how will your EHR system integrate patient records when a patient is referred to another provider? Can content be aggragated, integrated with other health records, images, lab results, refactored into consolidated views or reports and then distributed to those who have permission to view or obtain the records.

Many of the EHR vendors have their own agenda's that in most cases does not align with the overall concept put forth by Meaningfulk Use Stage II regulations.

I believe we should re-think the concepts of patient or even provider portals and ask how can we work within an agnostic enviorment that is not tied to any particular vendor but designed to assist in making this transition from paper to electronic health records relevant to the day-to-day clinical work flow. In thinking about interoperability in this slightly different way just focus on Agnostic service, cloud based, secure, content aggragation, integration of data, refactoring data and secure distribution of that data in a format that becomes usefull to the end user.
User Rank: Apprentice
1/2/2014 | 5:16:39 PM
Vitalz is another great portal
KLAS missed a couple of really good portals from smaller vendors. One you should check out is VitalZ, at

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