Clinical Information

Sending and receiving clinical data.


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.

Single Sign On

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.
Epic's patient portal can link to other patient-specific websites through functionality known as Dynamic Links. Dynamic Links are used to launch external websites from within the portal. The link can be configured to pass context about the patient through query string parameters, optionally encrypted using RC4 or AES. Current integrations include...
  • Apex
  • Blackhawk
  • eHealth
  • HealthEquity
  • The Health Heritage Family Medical History Project
  • Health Media
  • Lasernet
  • MyPreventiveCare
  • RSA Access Manager
  • RxEOB
  • VisionTree

Content Linking

The patient portal provides patients with a view into the medical chart maintained by their healthcare organization. This information can be supplemented by educational materials that are specific to a patient's problems, medications, and other information. This functionality is called Content Linking. While many approaches have been used to achieve this integration in the past, Epic recommends that new organizations use the Infobutton APIs as they are implemented through the National Library of Medicine and MedlinePlus. Current integrations include...
  • A.D.A.M.
  • ExitCare
  • Healthwise
  • KidsHealth
  • Krames-Staywell
  • Lab Tests Online
  • McKesson
  • National Library of Medicine MedlinePlus


Epic's kiosk software can be used to collect signatures for consent or other purposes. These signatures can then be sent to an external document management system. The kiosk sends an image of the signature to the document management system, which in turn creates a reference to the signature document within the EMR.