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Do You have Your Online Medical Account Set Up?

1-19-21 httpscapaarporgfilesassetitem126221.jpgRoughly 42% of adults aged 50 to 80 years old have not set up an account with their health provider's portal system. Have you? What are your obstacles in doing so?

 

It's important to do so because many health systems are using patient portals for vaccine scheduling!  

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Because I've got a portal for my GP and one for a specialist I have to visit, I've been dealing with two of them, but I've begun to wonder why!  I fully understand why almost half of senior patients won't bother with it.  I've experienced messages that don't get answered, appointments that didn't get posted, sign-ons that are constantly malfunctioning, and last but not least, the fact that any time I've tried to transfer information from one portal to another, they simply aren't compatible.  The portals are certainly a time saver for Doctors, who can spend more time with patients when the portals are working properly and are used properly.  In my experience, and the anecdotal experience of others, that's a pretty rare situation.  What's the point of pasting one's personal medical information in yet another point on the internet while waiting for someone to hack it? The sales pitch is that your portal information, from test results to visit notes can be shared in an emergency with other doctors in other locations. Hogwash! It has failed a number of times for me when I'm authorizing it, asking for it, and trying to implement it. I'm beginning to think they're just another data collection scam so marketing and population data can be gathered and shared (or even sold) with pharmaceutical companies and other health related businesses.

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