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Below are answers to common questions, including information about password recovery, removing provider profiles and using other PhysicianLink portal features. 

Portal Access & Features

Login Issues

Site Administrator

Portal Access & Features

When I am given account access, how will I be notified?

You will receive a confirmation email with your username and password, with instructions on how to log in to PhysicianLink portal. Your password must be changed during your first login and every six months, following.

You will also be prompted to set up password reset challenge questions, which will allow you to reset your password in the event that you forget it in the future.

Once your credentials are confirmed, your account will be available within 5-10 business days. At that time, you will receive an email with your username, password and instructions on how to activate your new account.

Learn more about Physician Link features, such as managing medication lists and viewing patient encounters, by logging on to PhysicianLink and selecting any of the supporting documents in the Quick Links section in your account. The available documents include Tips and Tricks, User Guide, and What’s New.

I have questions about the available features, navigation and functionality issues.

For support contact the Help Desk at 215-662-7474.

There are two ways you can message with Penn Medicine providers in PhysicianLink: Through your InBasket and Chart Review. 

To send a message via InBasket

  • Log in to PhysicianLink and click In Basket
  • Search for recipient’s name in “to” field
  • Send your message

To send a message via Chart Review

  • Log in to PhysicianLink
  • Select a patient's name
  • Click Chart Review
  • Select an encounter
  • Select Ask a Question
  • Send your message

Can I search for a patient if I don’t know their ZIP code?

Yes. To search for a patient, log in to PhysicianLink and click Clinical or Patient Lists. Searches only require the patient's date of birth and sex. 

How are patients added to My Patient List?

Patients are automatically added to the referred provider’s My Patient List when they check in. Any identified primary care providers in PhysicianLink will also get this notification.

All other providers seeking to add patients to My Patient List will need to search for their patient. Once an initial search is conducted by anyone in the practice, the patient will automatically show up in this section.

How do I find our practice’s census of patients who are in the hospital?

If you have the appropriate access, click on My Reports, which will display a list of available reports. Select the report that you would like to review and it will be displayed.

If you do not have access to this functionality, please contact the Help Desk by calling 215-662-7474.

What is Chart Review?

In Chart Review, you can access patient demographic and encounters information, among other information, such as patient notes, and lab and imaging results.

For technical support, please contact the Help Desk at 215-662-7474.

No. Like any secure system, due to HIPAA, the standard automatic log out time is after seven minutes of inactivity. After seven minutes, you will be logged out and required to log back in.

Login Issues

How do I change my password? Am I required to change my password?

Users are required to change their passwords every six months for security purposes. Go to menu and select Settings and select Change Password. We strongly encourage setting up challenge questions as well, in the event that you forget your password in the future. To set up your challenge questions, go to menu and select Settings then select Challenge Questions.

I forgot my password and have set challenge questions. What do I do?

If you know your User ID and have forgotten your password and have enabled Challenge Questions please click here: Forgot your Password.

I forgot my password and have not set challenge questions. What do I do?

If you have NOT created Challenge Questions, reach out to your Site Administrator who can reset your password for you.

If you do not know your Site Administrator, please call 215-662-7474 and select the option for all password issues.

Once you regain access to your account, we highly recommend setting up challenge questions in order to be able to reset your own password in the future.

I forgot my User ID. What do I do?

If you forgot your user ID, reach out to your Site Administrator who can provide it to you and also reset your password if need be.

If you do not know your Site Administrator, please call 215-662-7474 and select the option for all password issues.

If you have enabled Challenge Questions, you can reset your own password.

What should I do if my login is blocked?

If you have not logged in within a 90-day period, your account will become blocked and you will receive the message “User login is blocked for this account” upon attempting to log in. If this happens, you must reach out to your Site Administrator who can remove the block from your account.

If you do not know your Site Administrator, please call the Help Desk at 215-662-7474 or email PhysicianLink.Support@uphs.upenn.edu and request to have the block removed.

I need to reinstate access to my account.

If you need to reinstate an account for an active practice site, contact your site administrator. If you don’t know who your site administrator is, please email PennPhysicianLink@uphs.upenn.edu.

If you need to reinstate your account but your practice site is no longer active, then someone from your practice site needs to request a new account for the entire site.

Site Administrator

Is every site required to have an active site administrator?

Yes, every site is required to have an active site administrator. This person could be a provider, clinical staff member, or non-clinician user. If your team wishes to change or update their Site Administrator, please email PennPhysicianLink@uphs.upenn.edu.

What is a Site Administrator?

A Site Administrator is a practice's primary point of contact in PhysicianLink. The Site Administrator can: 

  • Request to add new users (request access for a new user in your practice)
  • Delete users (notify Penn Medicine that a user has left the practice)
  • Remove the inactivity block from a user's account so he or she can log in
  • Obtain usernames for PhysicianLink users in your practice
  • Update who is listed as the site administrator for the practice, should your practice's staff change

If your team wishes to change or update their Site Administrator, please email PennPhysicianLink@uphs.upenn.edu.  

If you already have an active Site Administrator, he or she can use the Admin tab to submit a request to update your role to Site Administrator. If your practice does not currently have an active Site Administrator, please email PhysicianLink@uphs.upenn.edu.

If you are replacing a previous Site Administrator, please email PhysicianLink@uphs.upenn.edu once your role has been changed, noting your practice's name and the old Site Administrator account (to be deactivated).

Click on the Admin tab and select My Groups. This will show a list of all users in your group.

As Site Administrator, how can I verify my practice’s user list?

Click on the Admin tab and select Site Verification, which will give you a list of your current users. From there you can verify whether they are active or not, by selecting Yes or No. Select Acknowledge and Verify to complete the process. You will also be prompted upon log in to verify your account every 90 days.

As Site Administrator, how do I update another user’s role?

You can use the Admin tab to update a user’s role.

As Site Administrator, how do I delete a staff member who leaves the practice?

You can delete users, which removes them immediately.

To delete a staff member, you can follow either of the instruction below:

  • Click on the Admin tab and select Site Verification, which will give you a list of your current users. From there you can verify whether they are active or not, by selecting Yes or No. Select Acknowledge and Verify to complete the process.
  • Click on the Admin tab and select My Groups. Click on the minus icon to the far right to deactivate the user.

If you have accidentally deleted a user, please request a new PhysicianLink account for them through the Admin tab.

As Site Administrator, how do I add a new user?

You can follow these steps to add a new user:

  1. Select the Admin tab and click Account Requests.
  2. Click Request New Account.
  3. Choose the type of account you want to create. For example, to create an account for a new provider at your site, click Request access for a new provider.
  4. Enter the user’s demographic information.
  5. In the User group field, select the user group to which the user should belong.
  6. Enter a comment about your request, if necessary, and click Submit Request.
  7. After your request has been processed, the new user will receive a login instructions letter.

As Site Administrator, how do I unblock a user?

Click on the Admin tab and select My Groups. Identify the user in question and if they are blocked, they will have a lock icon next to the left of their name. To unblock the user, click on the unlocked lock icon to the far right.

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