As the vaccination of older adults against COVID-19 begins across the country, new poll data suggests that many of them don’t yet have access to the “patient portal” online systems that could make it much easier for them to schedule a vaccination appointment.
The poll finds that 45% of adults aged 65 to 80, and 42% of all adults aged 50 to 80, said they had not set up an account with their health provider’s portal system. That’s according to the newly analyzed data from the National Poll on Healthy Aging based at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.
The new number actually represents some progress: 49% of adults in the same age range hadn’t set up patient portal access the last time the poll asked about this topic in March 2018. [Read more…] about 45% of adults over 65 lack online medical accounts, which could affect COVID vaccination
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