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Health IT Outcomes: Open Notes Access Good For Patient Safety

September 2, 2015 Reply
Health IT Outcomes: Open Notes Access Good For Patient Safety

The Open Notes initiative which allows patients to access their doctors’ notes in the EHR has the potential to increase safety and care quality. According to a recent study conducted by researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), access to the Open Notes program helps patients engage and increases their safety. “What we heard […]

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Carolinas HealthCare System, North Carolina, joined the OpenNotes initiative

September 1, 2015 Reply
Carolinas HealthCare System, North Carolina, joined the OpenNotes initiative

At Carolinas HealthCare System, we encourage our patients to become more involved in managing their health. Our patients have been viewing lab and test results, discharge instructions and sending secure messages to their doctor’s office for several years through MyCarolinas, our patient portal. As a new benefit of MyCarolinas, we began offering access to their […]

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BIDMC Portal: OpenNotes Improving Quality of Care

August 27, 2015 Reply
BIDMC Portal: OpenNotes Improving Quality of Care

t’s been two years since BIDMC began rolling out OpenNotes across the medical center and five years since the launch of the initial study that got everything started. In that time, thousands of patients have signed up for PatientSite, BIDMC’s secure confidential patient portal, where they can read the notes their clinicians write after an appointment […]

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Ochsner Health System, Louisiana, joined the OpenNotes initiative

August 27, 2015 Reply
Ochsner Health System, Louisiana, joined the OpenNotes initiative

Ochsner Health System has been providing high-quality clinical and hospital patient care to Louisiana residents since 1942. Our healthcare family—today, comprising more than 17,000 employees and over 2,700 affiliated physicians—is driven by our commitment to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, and that passion is shared with every person who passes through our doors. As […]

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The Boston Globe: It’s best to get a doctor’s note

August 21, 2015 Reply
The Boston Globe: It’s best to get a doctor’s note

Virtually all patients have the legal right to read a doctor’s notes after an appointment, yet few do so. Advocates argue that if patients reviewed such notes, they would be better informed and more involved in their health care. But some doctors worry that the practice would disrupt their workflow and potentially scare patients. Now, […]

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University of Minnesota: Opening Notes to Close a Communication Gap

August 20, 2015 Reply
University of Minnesota: Opening Notes to Close a Communication Gap

For many of us, hospitals evoke a persistent buzz of low-key anxiety. The long hallways often smell faintly of antiseptic and worry. Is there a role that doctors could play to help patients and their families better understand their care and perhaps alleviate some of that worry? An interdisciplinary study by the University of Minnesota […]

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The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, New Mexico, joined the OpenNotes initiative

August 19, 2015 Reply
The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, New Mexico, joined the OpenNotes initiative

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is the largest academic health complex in the state. The UNM Health System is the health care delivery system for UNM Hospitals, UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center and the UNM Medical Group. The health system provides New Mexicans with the highest level of clinical health care. The […]

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MedicalXPress: Researchers examine the impact of OpenNotes on patient safety

August 14, 2015 Reply
MedicalXPress: Researchers examine the impact of OpenNotes on patient safety

Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) are homing in on the potential benefits of allowing patients access to the notes their clinicians write after a visit. An article published in the August edition of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety suggests that this kind of patient engagement has the power […]

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Cancer Cytopathology – Going Mainstream: Online Sharing of Test Results With Patients

July 15, 2015 Reply
Cancer Cytopathology – Going Mainstream: Online Sharing of Test Results With Patients

Outside the walls of medicine, seismic shifts are affecting how health professionals do their jobs and how the public experiences care. People are harnessing information previously outside their reach and are connecting with one another online in ways not imagined a few years ago. With ready access to the Internet and the use of always-on […]

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Ob.Gyn News: Full transparency comes to medical records

July 15, 2015 Reply
Ob.Gyn News: Full transparency comes to medical records

Transparency, until recently, was rarely associated with health care. Not anymore. For better and sometimes worse, there is a revolutionary movement toward transparency in all facets of health care: transparency of costs, outcomes, quality, service, and reputation. Full transparency now has come to medical records in the form of OpenNotes. This is a patient-centered initiative […]

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