Beginning in July, McPherson Hospital will launch a new patient portal as part of a larger electronic medical record system.
Beginning in July, McPherson Hospital will launch a new patient portal as part of a larger electronic medical record system. A patient portal is a website that allows a patient access to details about past treatments and what medications they are taking. Essentially, patients may use it to review past medical records, view lab results and review appointments.
“This new service will be a tremendous tool for our patients to manage their health care in a timely and private manner,” said McPherson Hospital vice-president of operations Terri Gehring. “As a managed facility of Via Christi Health in Wichita, we are able to share in these resources that enable our patients to access their health information in a way that hasn’t been available before.”
This patient portal service is part of a larger electronic medical record system that is being developed in hospitals and clinics across the state and nation. It is a part of a requirement to successfully complete CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) meaningful use criteria. Meaningful use is a term related to health care providers who are converting their information systems to electronic health records that will be accessible to providers and patients via web-based software.
“Only patients who are admitted to the hospital as an inpatient or visit the emergency department and register for the portal will be able to access their records through the hospital-based portal,” Gehring said. “Patients will set up their accounts, which will be similar to most any other Internet service utilizing an email-based username and a password that may be selected by the patient. Once the patient’s account is set up, they will be able to log on and access their past health information any time, day or night.”
The hospital started assisting patients with this process on Tuesday.