Getting more patients on board to actively use the patient portal could drive better patient engagement in care and boost healthcare outcomes, according to new research out of the University of Texas Austin.
The study, published in MIS Quarterly, found that meaningful patient portal use results in fewer hospitalizations, a decrease in emergency department visits, and lower readmission rates. When frequent patient portal users do get admitted into the hospital, it’s often for a shorter period than patients who do not use the patient portal.
All of these outcomes could result in considerable cuts in healthcare costs, the researchers said. Read More: Patient Engagement HIT