• December 19, 2011
  • Penn Medicine Offers Area's Only Online Patient-Accessible Health Record

  • Portal helps patients learn medical results, send in prescriptions, communicate with physicians

PHILADELPHIA -- Penn Medicine has launched myPennMedicine, the Philadelphia region’s only online patient-accessible health record.

The secure, patient portal enables Penn Medicine patients to review important information contained in their health record, including laboratory and test results, lists of medications, and diagnoses. They can also request prescription renewals, and physician referrals and pre-certifications, all by simply logging on to myPennMedicine.org from their computer.

An especially valuable feature of the portal is that it allows patients to directly ask their Penn health care team questions, as well as request and manage appointments.

“Health care at Penn Medicine is a partnership between our patients and their care teams,” said Ralph Muller, CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which along with the Perelman School of Medicine comprises Penn Medicine. “myPennMedicine is a vital part of that partnership by helping increase communication and sharing of information. And the level of security with myPennMedicine is superb.”

John T. Howell III, MD, medical director for health information technology of Penn Medicine’s Clinical Care Associates, said that “Patients can gain significant benefits by subscribing to myPennMedicine. These include quick access to important information -- such as test and lab results. And because myPennMedicine provides alerts to patients when they are in need of a colonoscopy, Pap smear, or flu shot, patients can stay healthier longer.”

myPennMedicine was initially launched in a pilot phase in 2008 and now has 50,000 subscribers, with 300-400 new users signing up weekly.

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Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 17 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2013 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; Chester County Hospital; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2013, Penn Medicine provided $814 million to benefit our community.

 

 

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