Stage 2 of the CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs includes requirements that are supported by use of a patient portal.
Health care providers in the US are bound to comply with HIPAA regulations. These regulations specify what patient information must be held in confidence. Something as seemingly trivial as a name is viewed by HIPAA as Protected Health Information. For this reason, security has always been a top concern for Elkview General Hospital when dealing with the adoption of patient portals. Our patient portal is secured through the use of SSL, access control patterns and is compliant with all HIPAA regulations. Your access is validated through the use of a secure username and password that should never be shared with anyone other than those deemed responsible for your healthcare needs. No Elkview employee will ever ask you for your password..
The central feature that makes any system a patient portal is the ability to expose an individual to his or her individual patient health information in a secure manner through the internet. In addition, virtually all patient portals allow patients to interact in some way with health care providers. Patient portals benefit both patients and providers by increasing efficiency and productivity. Patient portals are also regarded as a key tool to help physicians meet 'Meaningful Use" requirements in order to receive federal incentive checks, especially for providing health information to patients.
A patient portal is a secure online website that gives patients and families convenient access to personal health information. Patients can use a portal to access: