Patient portals are the information aggregation and user interface engines now linking several applications, such as the organization’s electronic health record, including admission, transfer, discharge, or any hospital information system. They are based upon the traditional (and very old) commercial portal concept where information is presented to users in meaningful, usable, and configurable ways. 

The idea is to place this very complex data into an understandable context to provide the patient with a complete view of their health, including recent diagnostics, treatments, medications, and, most importantly, the monitoring of current health data to work more productivity with their doctors.  Indeed, some portals track blood pressure, exercise activity, and calorie intake, transmitting the information directly to the patient’s physician. Of course, you can also use your patient portal to schedule appointments and pay bills. 

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