Patient-provider internet portals--patient outcomes and use.

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Journal Article

An important emerging information technology tool is the electronic health record with a patient-provider Internet portal. Patient-provider Internet portals offer a venue for providing patient access to personal health data. In this study, we conducted a cross-sectional secondary data analysis to describe the types of diabetes patients who utilize the patient-provider Internet portal and examine any preliminary differences in patient outcomes. Data from this study suggest that a significant portion of patients (29.7%) with diabetes utilize the portal. Clinical outcome results indicated that portal use was not a significant predictor of low-density lipoprotein and total cholesterol levels. However, portal use was a statistically significant predictor of glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) (P < .001). As patient-provider Internet portals are increasingly implemented and utilized across the nation, both clinical and nonclinical impacts must be evaluated. Patient-provider Internet portals have the ability to provide patients with the opportunity tobe increasingly involved in their own care,enhance patient-provider communication, and potentially reduce inequity, improve clinical outcomes, and increase access to care.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Shaw, RJ; Ferranti, J

Published Date

  • December 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 714 - 718

PubMed ID

  • 21697705

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21697705

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-9774

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1538-2931

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/ncn.0b013e318224b597

Language

  • eng