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Secure e-mailing between physicians and patients: transformational change in ambulatory care.

Garrido T, Meng D, Wang JJ, Palen TE, Kanter MH - J Ambul Care Manage (2014 Jul-Sep)

Bottom Line: Secure e-mail has been associated with increased member retention and improved quality of care.Separate studies associated patient portal and secure e-mail use with both decreased and increased use of other health care services, such as office visits, telephone encounters, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations.Directions for future research include more granular analysis of associations between patient-physician secure e-mail and health care utilization.

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Affiliation: Health Information Technology Transformation & Analytics, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, California (Ms Garrido and Dr Meng); Health Information Technology Transformation & Analytics, Kaiser Permanente, Portland, Oregon; (Mr Wang); Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Denver, Colorado (Dr Palen); and Quality & Clinical Analysis, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Pasadena, California (Dr Kanter).

ABSTRACT
Secure e-mailing between Kaiser Permanente physicians and patients is widespread; primary care providers receive an average of 5 e-mails from patients each workday. However, on average, secure e-mailing with patients has not substantially impacted primary care provider workloads. Secure e-mail has been associated with increased member retention and improved quality of care. Separate studies associated patient portal and secure e-mail use with both decreased and increased use of other health care services, such as office visits, telephone encounters, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations. Directions for future research include more granular analysis of associations between patient-physician secure e-mail and health care utilization.

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Frequency of secure e-mail with patients among Kaiser Permanente Colorado primary care providers.
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Figure 1: Frequency of secure e-mail with patients among Kaiser Permanente Colorado primary care providers.


Secure e-mailing between physicians and patients: transformational change in ambulatory care.

Garrido T, Meng D, Wang JJ, Palen TE, Kanter MH - J Ambul Care Manage (2014 Jul-Sep)

Frequency of secure e-mail with patients among Kaiser Permanente Colorado primary care providers.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 1: Frequency of secure e-mail with patients among Kaiser Permanente Colorado primary care providers.
Bottom Line: Secure e-mail has been associated with increased member retention and improved quality of care.Separate studies associated patient portal and secure e-mail use with both decreased and increased use of other health care services, such as office visits, telephone encounters, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations.Directions for future research include more granular analysis of associations between patient-physician secure e-mail and health care utilization.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Health Information Technology Transformation & Analytics, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, California (Ms Garrido and Dr Meng); Health Information Technology Transformation & Analytics, Kaiser Permanente, Portland, Oregon; (Mr Wang); Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Denver, Colorado (Dr Palen); and Quality & Clinical Analysis, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Pasadena, California (Dr Kanter).

ABSTRACT
Secure e-mailing between Kaiser Permanente physicians and patients is widespread; primary care providers receive an average of 5 e-mails from patients each workday. However, on average, secure e-mailing with patients has not substantially impacted primary care provider workloads. Secure e-mail has been associated with increased member retention and improved quality of care. Separate studies associated patient portal and secure e-mail use with both decreased and increased use of other health care services, such as office visits, telephone encounters, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations. Directions for future research include more granular analysis of associations between patient-physician secure e-mail and health care utilization.

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