Patient portals - an online tool for your healthPersonal health record (PHR)
A patient portal is a website for your personal health care. The online tool helps you to keep track of your health care provider visits, test results, billing, prescriptions, and so on. You can also e-mail your provider questions through the portal.
Many providers now offer patient portals. For access, you will need to set up an account. The service is free. A password is used so that all of your information is private and secure.
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