As of 2015, some of the available patient portal software programs include athenahealth's, eClinicalWorks and AllScripts' FollowMyHealth, all of which are integrated patient portal software programs. Other patient portal software programs include Solutionreach and Updox, both of which are standalone patient portals, while AllScripts also provides a standalone patient portal in addition to the integrated patient portal.
A patient portal software is a Web-based access point that allows doctors and their patients to share health information and communicate remotely. Patient portals also allow patients to view test results and health documentation online and can help to facilitate better doctor-patient dialogues. Many patient portals allow the user to view a list of their current medications, discharge summaries, allergy information and immunization records. Some patient portals also allow users to refill their prescriptions, schedule doctor's appointments online, pay their bills, and some even provide automated appointment reminders.
Due to regulations set out by the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, patient portal vendors are required to provide secure access to protected health care information via a secure username and password assigned to each user.
In 2012, more than half of all health care providers in the United States were using patient portal software.