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Penn Medicine Offers Area's Only Online Patient-Accessible Health Record

January 10, 2012, Volume 58, No. 17

Penn Medicine has launched myPennMedicine, the Philadelphia region’s only online patient-accessible health record.

The secure, patient portal enables Penn Medicine patients to review important information contained in their health record, including laboratory and test results, lists of medications, and diagnoses. They can also request prescription renewals, and physician referrals and pre-certifications, all by simply logging on to
 myPennMedicine.org from their computer.

An especially valuable feature of the portal is that it allows patients to directly ask their Penn health care team questions, as well as request and manage appointments.

“Health care at Penn Medicine is a partnership between our patients and their care teams,” said Ralph Muller, CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which along with the Perelman School of Medicine comprises Penn Medicine. “myPennMedicine is a vital part of that partnership by helping increase communication and sharing of information. And the level of security with myPennMedicine is superb.”

Dr. John T. Howell III, medical director for health information technology of Penn Medicine’s Clinical Care Associates, said that “Patients can gain significant benefits by subscribing to myPennMedicine. These include quick access to important information—such as test and lab results. And because myPennMedicine provides alerts to patients when they are in need of a colonoscopy, Pap smear, or flu shot, patients can stay healthier longer.”

myPennMedicine was initially launched in a pilot phase in 2008 and now has 50,000 subscribers, with 300-400 new users signing up weekly.

Almanac - January 10, 2012, Volume 58, No. 17