Many organizations that use Epic software provide their patients with a patient portal account that allows patients and their family members to see patient-specific, patient-friendly clinical information. The portal provides access to clinical information as well as self-service features such as messaging and appointment scheduling. Organizations often find it useful to extend their patient-facing software to engage patients in creative ways.
Typically, the patient portal manages all aspects of patient and user identity. However, a single-sign on integrator could be used to link together the Epic patient portal with other portal-based functionality already in use. In this scenario, usernames and passwords are managed by an external system. The patient logs into the external system, which then can be used to also sign the patient into MyChart. A bundle of Web services are used to create and update patient records and to create and manage proxy relationships. We'll provide you with the specs for this interface at the time we've identified a mutual customer.