Online Sign-up Now Available for Personal Health Information
In 2013, St. Francis Hospital & Health Services debuted its MyChart online portal offering greater patient access to doctors and medical records. Since then, enhancements to proxy access, inpatient stay information, online bill capabilities, and direct scheduling with your physician have been made.
New for 2015, those interested in signing up for access to their personal health information can do so from the SSM Health MyChart login page. No longer is there a need to stop by or call their doctor's office to get an activation code.
"You just have to go online," said Tammy Thompson, Regional Applications Manager at St. Francis, "click on the 'Sign Up Now' button, choose 'For myself only' and fill out the form. An activation code will be mailed to you with instructions on how to get signed up in the convenience of your home or wherever you can get an internet connection." The access is available to patients 18 years of age and older.
MyChart allows patients to easily make annual physicals, well child or well women appointments as well as request prescription refills. Prenatal visits will soon be added to the list of appointments that can be made through MyChart access. Any questions or concerns about treatment or medications can also be communicated through MyChart.
But, as more clinics and hospitals go digital, data breaches seem to increase.
"Patients should feel confident that their electronic medical records in MyChart are secure," Thompson stated. "User name and password are required to access MyChart. All appropriate security measures were developed by Epic, our electronic medical records vendor, which helps us manage the system."
This added layer of security should also give patients confidence to pay bills online for physician office services. Another recent development to MyChart.
The goal of MyChart is to offer patients a way to connect with health care providers and provide useful information. If a patient is more engaged in his or her own healthcare decisions, the better for the patient and all concerned.
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