Use of Electronic Patient Portals in Pregnancy: An Overview

Erinma P. Ukoha*, Lynn M. Yee

*Corresponding author for this work

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Electronic patient portals are increasingly utilized in contemporary health care systems. Patient portal use has been found to be beneficial in multiple specialties, particularly in management of chronic diseases. However, there are disparities within portal use. For example, individuals who are racial and ethnic minorities and persons from lower socioeconomic status are less likely to enroll and use patient portals than non-Hispanic white persons and persons with higher socioeconomic status. Because portal use and, specifically, patient-provider secure messaging has been associated with favorable health outcomes, disparities in use of these portals could affect health outcomes. Electronic patient portal use by childbearing women has not been well studied, and data on portal use during pregnancy are limited. This article reviews the current literature regarding electronic patient portal use and highlights the need for further maternity care-focused research regarding this new avenue of care delivery during pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-339
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Midwifery and Women's Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2018


  • clinical outcomes
  • electronic patient portal
  • health disparities
  • maternity care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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