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SIHF Healthcare Promotes Use of the Patient Portal as a Secure Communication Tool in the Healthcare Industry

February 5, 2018

SIHF Healthcare announced today that it wants to encourage the use of the Patient Portal for secure healthcare communication. More and more hospitals, clinics, and other medical practices are implementing a Patient Portal to streamline and improve the way physicians and patients connect. 

As the world of technology continues to evolve, new ways of communicating are positively impacting the health care industry. The Patient Portal has proven to be quite effective in involving and informing patients about their own healthcare. It is an internet-based application that gives patients convenient and secure access to their health information. By logging into their own secured account, they can view personal medical information, request refills, send private messages to their provider, make payments, and even schedule appointments. 

“The convenience of this tool makes it a go-to for any patient as they can access their portal from mobile devices,” said Anne Nash, MD, of SIHF Healthcare in Belleville and O’Fallon, Ill. “Sitting on the bus, waiting in line at the grocery store, or from the comfort of their own home; our patients can log on and have all their medical information right at their fingertips.” 

With the Patient Portal, communication has never been better. Many patients may feel like they sit in a waiting area for an extended period of time, but only see their provider for a few minutes. They wonder how it’s possible to effectively communicate with the person who handles their health. But the Patient Portal allows for regular open communication between a patient and his/her provider. The portal gives physicians the adaptability to respond to patients’ messages in between appointments, phone calls, or other tasks. Patients can feel confident in knowing that their healthcare is important to their provider with communication that is efficient and consistent. 

The healthcare providers at SIHF Healthcare want you to know your health is important. By registering for the Patient Portal, you can help streamline access to your provider. This free, innovative system offers all SIHF Healthcare patients 24/7 access to the health information they find most valuable. To register for the Patient Portal, please visit or speak to your primary healthcare provider.


About SIHF Healthcare: SIHF Healthcare operates a network of more than 30 health centers across 11 Illinois counties with more than 160 medical providers who deliver comprehensive health care services including: adult, family, women’s health, pediatrics, dental services, behavioral health, and population health services. As one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Center networks in the country, SIHF Healthcare is devoted to leading individuals and communities to their healthiest lifestyle regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, visit