All “certified” EHR software vendors need to be writing software to integrate their own portal. Buying a third party solution is duplication of service and is a sliver of what “HITECH portal” means. Often those so called portal vendors have one subset such as document scan viewing only and is not what a fully integrated HITECH portal must be. The portal is multifaceted with secure viewing for provider level, patient level, insurance level, etc. Ideally the patient is in complete charge of all health information and who has access to any and all parts of it.
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