Patient Portals: An Underused Resource for Improving Patient Engagement
Meyers Primary Care Institute
Health and Medical Administration | Health Information Technology | Health Services Administration
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. Inc.
patient engagement, patient portals, personal health records, pulmonary
DOI of Published Version
Chest. 2016 Jan;149(1):272-7. doi: 10.1378/chest.14-2559. Epub 2016 Jan 6. Link to article on publisher's site
Tulu, Bengisu; Trudel, John; Strong, Diane M.; Johnson, Sharon A.; Sundaresan, Devi; and Garber, Lawrence D., "Patient Portals: An Underused Resource for Improving Patient Engagement" (2016). University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications. 979.