Monday, February 18, 2008

Patient portals

An item in this month's Surgery News newsletter from the American College of Surgeons
Patient portals: not the open floodgates physicians fear (PDF) summarizes a presentation at this year's ACS congress by Dr. Gretchen Purcell about the MyHealthAtVanderbilt site and other electronic patient portals.

Two studies referenced in the article:
Bergmo TS, Kummervold PE, Gammon D, Dahl LB. Electronic patient-provider communication: will it offset office visits and telephone consultations in primary care? Int J Med Inform. 2005 Sep;74(9):705-10. PubMed record

Lin CT, Wittevrongel L, Moore L, Beaty BL, Ross SE. An Internet-based patient-provider communication system: randomized controlled trial. J Med Internet Res. 2005 Aug 5;7(4):e47. PubMed record

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