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May 18, 2020

Patient Portal Reminders—Easy but Ineffective

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 3Clinical Innovation Center, University of California, San Francisco
JAMA Intern Med. Published online May 18, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.1589

The critical role of vaccinations in public health has perhaps never been more apparent. The novel coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has caused a health and humanitarian crisis unprecedented in the modern era. The scientific and medical communities are racing to develop a vaccine for the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 virus. While this critical work is underway, it is worth noting that access to an efficacious vaccine is only part of the solution. Improving real-world outcomes also requires widespread adoption of safe and effective vaccines. In this issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, Szilagyi and colleagues1 expand our understanding of how patient portal reminders affect vaccination rates.

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