Electronic Health Record Patient Portals and the Blockchain Technology

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The electronic health records (EHR) patient portals are an integrated eHealth technology that combines an EHR system and a patient portal, giving patients access to their medical records, exam results, and services, such as appointment scheduling, notification systems, and e-mail access to their physician. EHR patient portals empower patients to carry out self-management activities and facilitate communication with healthcare providers, enabling the patient and healthcare provider to access the medical information quickly. Worldwide governmental initiatives have aimed to promote the use of EHR patient portals. The implementation of EHR patient portals encompasses several challenges, including security, confidentiality concerns, and interoperability between systems. New technological approaches like blockchain could address these issues and enable a successful worldwide implementation of EHR patient portals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolitical and Economic Implications of Blockchain Technology in Business and Healthcare
EditorsDário de Oliveira Rodrigues
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781799873655
ISBN (Print)9781799873631
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021


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