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Using a Patient Portal to Transmit Patient Reported Health Information into the Electronic Record: Workflow Implications and User Experience

Authors:

Barbara Sorondo ,

Eastern Maine Medical Center
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Amy Allen,

Eastern Maine Medical Center
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Janet Bayleran,

Eastern Maine Medical Center
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Stacy Doore,

University of Maine
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Samreen Fathima,

Eastern Maine Medical Center
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Iyad Sabbagh,

Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems
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Lori Newcomb

Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems
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Abstract

Introduction: This project implemented an integrated patient self-reported screening tool in a patient portal and assessed clinical workflow and user experience in primary care practices.

Methods: An electronic health risk assessment based on the CMS Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) was developed to integrate self-reported health information into the patient’s electronic health record (EHR). Patients enrolled in care coordination tested the implementation. The evaluation plan included quantitative and qualitative measures of patient adoption, provider adoption, workflow impact, financial impact, and technology impact.

Findings: Seventy-two patients completed the sample AWV, and 80% of the questionnaires had clinical findings that required provider follow-up. Patients expressed satisfaction with the portal, as it enabled them to view their health record and enter information. Implementation did not reduce office staff time. Providers and office staff agreed that an electronic system for adding information to their record would increase patient satisfaction, but they expressed concern with the need to promptly review the information and the time involved to accomplish this prior to an office visit.

Discussion: Despite satisfaction among patients, portal adoption is still low, due totechnological limitations and to the lack of adaptability to primary care practice workflow. Notwithstanding those barriers, the use of the portal for completion of repetitive tasks, such as screening tools, should be encouraged.

Conclusions: Patients can effectively use portals to complete the patient reported section of the CMS AWV. However, if the information is not completed during the same day of the office visit, the time required to address health findings outside of a regular office visit is uncompensated, and diminished the enthusiasm for this process among primary care practice staff.

How to Cite: Sorondo B, Allen A, Bayleran J, Doore S, Fathima S, Sabbagh I, et al.. Using a Patient Portal to Transmit Patient Reported Health Information into the Electronic Record: Workflow Implications and User Experience. eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes). 2016;4(3):7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.13063/2327-9214.1237
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Published on 10 Aug 2016.
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