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The Quadruple Aim
Quadruple Aim

A Conceptual Framework

Improving the U.S. health care system requires four aims: improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations, reducing per capita costs and improving care team well-being. HITEQ Center resources seek to provide content and direction aligned with the goals of the Quadruple Aim

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Resource Overview

Patient portals, sometimes also referred to as personal health record systems (PHR) are web-based portals commonly attached to electronic health record systems (EHRs). These patient-centered portals provide patients with the ability to login and review health information related to their care. Common patient portal services include ways in which to schedule appointments, send messages to their care providers, review test results and refill prescriptions.

Outside of the benefits to the patient, implementation of patient portals had come to the attention of healthcare providers due to the inclusion of Meaningful Use of objectives centered on the use of patient portals and electronic engagement with patients.  Stage 3 requirements are still being explored and the impact it will have on Health Centers is unknown. Therefore, it is a challenge for small practices and Health Centers to determine how to best derive value from Patient Portals and effectively implement them into their workflow.

The tools and articles posted below are meant to provide examples, templates and strategies that can assist Health Centers in understanding how patient portals can better engage their patients in self-management of their care, and after an initial investment in time and money can decrease the burden on their clinical and administrative staff.

Patient Portal Resources

Multi-lingual Patient Portal Status and Resources for Health Centers
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Multi-lingual Patient Portal Status and Resources for Health Centers

A listing of the current language support status of patient portals and related resources

Health Center clients represent a broad range of cultures, many of whom do not speak English, or at the least have a limited vocabularly and find it difficult to read or write in English. Unfortunately, many of the current patient portals supported by some of the primary electronic health record (EHR) systems used by Health Centers do not provide a broad range of available languages. 

The spreadsheet available for download and linked to this resource provides a breakdown of the current known status of patient portal multi-lingual support and some multi-lingual resources available to help Health Centers in supporting patient education and patient navigation efforts. This resource can also help provide guidance to Health Centers with specific cultural and language needs who are looking to adopt patient portal and/or patient education services.

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This resource collection was cultivated and developed by the HITEQ team with valuable suggestions and contributions from HITEQ Project collaborators.