Handy Handout for Your Patients
Portals provide patients with access to important information within their records. They are an empowering tool to help individuals become more engaged in their own healthcare. In addition, your organization must ensure patients are enrolled and using your portal in order to meet Meaningful Use requirements.
But how can you get reluctant patients engaged and on board? Handy handouts help!
Alisha Smith, RHIA, HealthPort’s HIM Educator recently authored a patient handout entitled, “Patient Portals & You.” The handout
, published on ADVANCE for Nursing
, is a helpful document for physicians, clinics and even acute care hospitals. Alisha suggests posting the handout in your waiting room, exam room or HIM department.
Written for patients and their families, the handout explains the benefits of a patient portal and why it’s important to access one’s own health information. Alisha also provides tips for using portals and shares the importance of keeping a patient’s information private and secure.
In addition to this handout, AHIMA offers valuable resources to better understand patient portals and the role HIM plays in supporting them. AHIMA’s Patient Engagement Practice Council published a handout earlier this year to help patients and their families prepare for physician visits. The “Preparing for a Doctor’s Visit” reference guide and checklist is available here and posted on AHIMA’s MyPHR.com website.
Getting patients on board with portals is a win-win for everyone!