Patient portals boost diabetic medication adherence by 6%

New research from Kaiser Permanente and the National Institutes of Health shows that online patient portal access that includes the ability to refill prescriptions can raise the level of medication adherence for diabetic patients by at least six percent. A key feature of Stage 2 Meaningful Use, well-designed patient portals can help encourage engagement and aid patients in understanding their own health by providing personal health information and the ability to communicate with providers in a convenient and efficient way.