The general wisdom to complying with Stage 2 electronic health records meaningful use requirements to engage patients is the use of a Web portal to support patients’ viewing, downloading and transmitting of their health information.

Portals have traditionally been driven by marketing initiatives and administrative efficiencies. “The new functionality required by meaningful use changes the dynamics,” says Edward Fotsch, M.D., CEO at PDR Network, a medical content vendor with services that include the Physicians’ Desk Reference and automated safety alerts from the Food and Drug Administration.

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