The Secure Patient Portal
A personal health record (PHR) is an electronic application used by patients to maintain and manage their health information in a private, secure, and confidential environment. It makes accessing healthcare much more convenient. More importantly, PHRs can help patients manage their health information and become full partners in the quest for good health. PHRs:
- Are managed by patients
- Can include information from a variety of sources, including health care providers and patients themselves
- Can help patients securely and confidentially store and monitor health information, such as diet plans or data from home monitoring systems, as well as patient contact information, diagnosis lists, medication lists, allergy lists, immunization histories, and much more
- Are separate from, and do not replace, the legal record of any health care provider
- Are distinct from portals that simply allow patients to view provider information or communicate with providers
Using our PHR
Using a PHR can help you make better health decisions and improve your quality of care by allowing you to access and use information. It allows you to record your health history, see health record results online, and communicate with your doctor’s office or hospital anytime, anywhere and from any Internet connection. You no longer have to go to the hospital or physician’s office to request your health records.
You can connect to your PHR through the secure “patient portal” link posted at the top right of this website. Some of the things you can do are:
- View your health record online
- Record your own personal health notes
- Communicate with your health providers
- View or request lab and other test results
- Request or cancel appointments
- Request referrals
Using your Personal Health Record to communicate your non-urgent healthcare needs is a secure HIPAA-compliant messaging service. That means that it is safe and confidential.
- The Value of Personal Health Records (PHRs) – This is a joint statement for consumers written by the American Health Information Management Association and the American Medical Informatics Association.
- Basics of Health IT – From the HealthIT.gov website
- Health IT and Better Health Care – From the HealthIT.gov website
- Protecting your Health Information – From the HealthIT.gov website
- It’s Convenient – From the HealthIT.gov website
- More Patient Involvement – From the HealthIT.gov website
- Tools and Resources – From the HealthIT.gov website