Patient portals are an increasingly popular mechanism for doctor-patient communication; yet, as in all matters dealing with cyberspace, there are pitfalls lurking in their implementation.  In his article “A Window Into Patient Portals”, Dan explains how they work, and then explores the legal issues associated with them from the contract that makes them available, whether as part of an EHR or stand alone, to HIPAA concerns and more.  This is a must read both for those who have a portal and those considering using one.