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Johns Hopkins Bayview News - Patients and Providers Connect Through MyChart
Patients and Providers Connect Through MyChart
Date: February 1, 2016
For several years, patients throughout Johns Hopkins Medicine have been using MyChart, a secure website that allows users to view their health care information and connect with their care team. MyChart just became available to Johns Hopkins Bayview inpatients in December. Now all Johns Hopkins Bayview patients can be among the 267,000 users connecting for their health.
So what is MyChart? It’s a secure website that you can conveniently access through any computer or mobile device to become an active partner in your health care, anytime and anywhere. You’ll be able to see limited test results, download and share an overview of your visit with your doctors, and allow parents, family members, legal representatives and others access to your medical information (with your written authorization).
MyChart also allows you and your care team to send and receive secure messages. Tola Fashokun, M.D., a physician in the Women’s Center for Pelvic Health and the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, says MyChart has proven to be a valuable communication tool between her and her patients.
“Patients repeatedly tell me that they love that I am accessible and feel that my quick responses show that I really care about their health,” she says. “I like MyChart because it allows me to communicate directly with patients to avoid any potential miscommunication when dealing with important health information.”
This virtual exchange can be especially helpful for out-of-town patients like Gina Galvin, who has been traveling from Connecticut to see Dr. Fashokun for years. While Galvin still makes the six-hour trip once a year, she and Dr. Fashokun use MyChart to manage her health in between visits.
“Dr. Fashokun gives me advice on what to do,” says Galvin. “If she’s able to save me a trip to her office, she will. It’s nice to have MyChart when a problem pops up.”
Galvin also uses MyChart to share information with her local doctors in Connecticut. “All of my medications, my test results . . . it’s all right there,” she says.
Due for your flu shot or annual wellness screening? You’ll receive a reminder in MyChart. Most information related to care delivered by all of your Johns Hopkins Medicine providers is available in MyChart. And it’s all incredibly secure—protected by advanced encryption technology, so that only you and your authorized proxies can view your information.
MyChart accounts can be established by anyone age 13 or older who is a patient at a participating Johns Hopkins Medicine facility. To sign up, you will need an activation code, which you will receive during an appointment or inpatient visit with a Hopkins provider.