Urology Group of Athens will be introducing its personal patient portal program in 2015. Patients will be able to use it to access a set of forms, materials and information all designed around improving patient outcomes.

As part of the Health Reform Act, physicians are now rolling out what are termed personal patient portals. A patient portal is a secure online website that provides patients with 24-hour access to personal health information from anywhere with an Internet connection.

The portals are very secure with access only available using a username and password that the patient can customize. The portals also allow doctors and patients to share health information remotely and assist in ongoing patient health.

Patient portals provide information like medication information, lab results. a calendar and timetable of upcoming appointments, a resource to download and complete forms, a place to view educational materials, and a means to secure prescription refills.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, just over 4 out of every 10 primary care physicians are using patient portals of secure messaging with patients and patient information. About a third are using the portals for medication refills and appointment scheduling.