Why all physicians should use patient portals (VIDEO)

Patient portals put patients' own health information in their hands. Dr. Ted Wymyslo, director of the Ohio Department of Health, discuss why he thinks patient portals are so valuable.

Patient portals are all about patient empowerment.

That's because portals can give patients on-demand access to their own health information and encourage them to take greater responsibility for their own care, according to Ted Wymyslo, MD, a family physician who also serves as the director of the Ohio Department of Health.

"It's taking that disjointed, disconnected, fragmented way of doing care that used to be centered around the visit and turning it into an every-day interface with patients," Wymyslo said in an interview with Medical Economics. “That’s what gives them a real sense of control."

Increasingly in demand from patients, portals also hold the potential to solve two of the biggest problems plaguing healthcare in the United States – access and cost – by cutting down on office visits.

In the video below, Wymyslo discusses why he believes all physicians should give their patients access to their health information via patient portals.

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