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Concept: E-mail encryption

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Introduction: The Electronic Communications and Home Blood Pressure Monitoring trial (e-BP) demonstrated that team care incorporating a pharmacist to manage hypertension using secure E-mail with patients resulted in almost twice the rate of blood pressure (BP) control compared with usual care. To translate e-BP into community practices, we sought to identify contextual barriers and facilitators to implementation.

Concepts: Myocardial infarction, Hypertension, Blood pressure, Orthostatic hypotension, E-mail, Best practice, E-mail encryption

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Secure e-mailing between Kaiser Permanente physicians and patients is widespread; primary care providers receive an average of 5 e-mails from patients each workday. However, on average, secure e-mailing with patients has not substantially impacted primary care provider workloads. Secure e-mail has been associated with increased member retention and improved quality of care. Separate studies associated patient portal and secure e-mail use with both decreased and increased use of other health care services, such as office visits, telephone encounters, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations. Directions for future research include more granular analysis of associations between patient-physician secure e-mail and health care utilization.

Concepts: Health care provider, Medicine, Hospital, Illness, Kaiser Permanente, E-mail, E-mail encryption, E-mail authentication

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: To assess delays in response to patient secure e-mail messages in primary care.

Concepts: Patient, Primary care, E-mail, E-mail encryption