Not every hospital has a patient portal, but many hospitals do offer this service to their patients. Hospitals and other medical providers may qualify for federal stimulus payments if they provide patient portals.
A patient portal offers a convenient way for patients to communicate with their health care providers and access their medical records electronically. It is becoming more common for health care providers to offer this service, but not every patient chooses to take advantage of it. Some people are concerned about the security of accessing their medical records online, although the "millennial" generation seems to be the most willing to use the service, according to HIT Consultant.