As value-based payments push healthcare towards a culture of patient-centered care, organizations are looking for patient engagement technologies that offer more meaningful relationships than what are typically available through a basic patient portal.

Patient portals have played a valuable role in introducing consumers to new methods of engagement with their providers.

In pursuit of meaningful use requirements earlier in the decade, organizations invested heavily in their patient portals. By 2015, nearly 90 percent of both eligible providers and hospitals offered patients access to the portal, and most patients followed up with portal registration.

But a 2017 analysis from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that despite those high numbers, patient activation on the portal left a lot to be desired. Only 15 percent of eligible providers and 30 percent of hospitals saw any patients view, download, or transmit their patient portal data. …..more

OpenNotes, Patient Narratives, and Their Transformative Effects on Patient-Centered Care