PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) – Some hospitals, like Northern Light AR Gould, are turning to patient portals. This portal provides services and contacts with health professionals at the click of a button.
Jennifer Fogel, Vice President of Nursing Informatics for Northern Light AR Gould, says, “With the portal and one place to go, you don’t have to go to multiple different websites or multiple different places to get what you need for your care. ”
Fogel talks about AR Gould’s patient portal. While the hospital has had the portal in place for years, Fogel says it has become more prominent in recent years.
Fogel adds: “With Covid, the use of the portal has really increased by around 120%. So we have seen a huge increase in the use of the portal by all populations. And we recognize that when we look at technology and how people engage in their own care these days, we really needed to make changes to the portal and really push those changes and make things like that more acceptable.
Through the portal, patients can schedule appointments, view test results, view Covid vaccine maps and have virtual video visits. Any Northern Light patient can create a portal, including parents as proxies for their children from the time the child is born.
“It’s a way for them to participate in their care. Because we know that patients who participate and are active in their care fare better. Everyone has a phone that they’re signed in to, and with ease, you have the app on your phone, you click, you enter, you can access whatever you need. according to Fogel.
This service is available to anyone who is a patient at Northern Light AR Gould. To register for a patient portal, visit the Northern Light website. https://northernlighthealth.org/myNorthernLightHealth/Home
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