Patient Portal in Your Orthopedic Surgery Practice: You Can So Do This

The American Journal of Orthopedics – September 2014
by Jennifer A. O’Brien, MSOD

On initial consideration, the patient portal portion of Meaningful Use (MU) might seem:

  • Daunting
  • More appropriate for primary care practices than for orthopaedic surgery practices
  • Just another government requirement with no real practical application
  • Too much work for not enough reward
  • Unnecessary for your [pick one: elderly, boomer, pediatric, rural, tertiary-care, small-town] patient population
  • Like another dreaded change

But contemplate traveler’s checks, phone booths, floppy disks, and inpatient ACL repairs for a few nanoseconds and realize that patient portals in orthopedic surgery practices are also:

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