Sutter Health Launches Online Tool for Teen Patients

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Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health has launched My Health Online for Teens, an electronic health service which provides teens secure, online access to their health records and their doctors.

My Health Online for Teens also provides a way for parents to stay connected with the doctor of their teens, as their children learn how to manage their own healthcare. The platform lets kids ages 12 to 17 email their doctors, review test results, renew prescriptions, track immunizations, and schedule appointments from a cellphone or laptop.

California law requires that some aspects of a teen’s medical care, particularly reproductive and substance abuse services, be kept confidential once the child turns 12. Rather than block parental access to the record entirely, in the Sutter platform teens get full access to their personal health records. They can send confidential questions or concerns directly to their doctors and view their health data online.

Parents maintain access to common tasks in their teen’s health record such as communicating with their child’s doctor about non-sensitive health information. Parents also can make appointments for their teenager and pay bills.

Since launching My Health Online for Teens in September, more than 2,500 teens and close to 4,000 parents have enrolled in the service, said system executives.

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