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JMIR Publications: Patients Who Share Transparent Visit Notes With Others

November 12, 2014 Reply
JMIR Publications: Patients Who Share Transparent Visit Notes With Others

ABSTRACT Background: Inviting patients to read their primary care visit notes may improve communication and help them engage more actively in their health care. Little is known about how patients will use the opportunity to share their visit notes with family members or caregivers, or what the benefits might be. Objective: Our goal was to […]

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Forbes: How To Get Doctors To Email Their Patients

November 10, 2014 Reply
Forbes: How To Get Doctors To Email Their Patients

Remember memos? As late as the 1990s, businesspeople would type, print and copy a formal memorandum onto a sheet of pre-printed letterhead to be delivered the next day. But those days before email are ancient history, right? Perhaps not, if you work in healthcare. Despite fueling nearly 18% of our nation’s advanced economy, the healthcare […]

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The New York Times – Medical Records: Top Secret

November 8, 2014 Reply
The New York Times – Medical Records: Top Secret

MANY readers were shocked by my recent article about Peter Drier, who received a surprise bill of $117,000 from an out-of-network assistant surgeon who helped out during his back operation. But almost as surprising was how difficult it was during my reporting for Mr. Drier to extract his own records from the hospital. He wanted […]

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GroupHealth: OpenNotes opens doors for patient engagement

November 6, 2014 Reply
GroupHealth: OpenNotes opens doors for patient engagement

On November 4, Group Health launched OpenNotes at its 25 medical centers—giving all patients who use MyGroupHealth ready access to the notes their providers write after an in-person visit. The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) already grants patients the right to review their entire medical record—including providers’ notes. But with OpenNotes, the […]

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Modern Healthcare: Geisinger using technology to increase patient engagement, CEO says

October 30, 2014 Reply
Modern Healthcare: Geisinger using technology to increase patient engagement, CEO says

Geisinger Health System has invested in health information technology innovations to transform itself from a fragmented, hospital-centric model to one that actively courts patient involvement and access, CEO Dr. Glenn Steele, Jr. said during an industry talk Thursday. The Danville, Pa.-based system has invested in three key areas: virtual visits; patient access to healthcare data; […]

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The Doctor is Listening: More on OpenNotes & Surprising Results of What Doctors Think

October 27, 2014 Reply

Recently, I wrote on NPR’s Shots Blog about the movement towards open medical records and the pioneering work of OpenNotes by Dr. Tom Delbanco and Jan Walker. Here’s an excellent RWJF podcast about why they decided getting health care providers to share their notes with patients, and where their work is headed next. Here’s a […]

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iHealthBeat: Health Affairs Study – Emails Between Patients, Physicians Tripled Over 10 Years

October 27, 2014 Reply
iHealthBeat: Health Affairs Study – Emails Between Patients, Physicians Tripled Over 10 Years

Email communications between physicians and patients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston nearly tripled over a 10-year period, according to a study published in Health Affairs, Health Data Management reports. For the study, researchers examined email communications at Beth Israel. In 2000, the hospital created a Web portal through which patients could view […]

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SunHerald: Be an informed patient, and get healthier

October 23, 2014 Reply
SunHerald: Be an informed patient, and get healthier

If you’ve ever wondered what your doc is scribbling in your file or entering into a computer during your medical appointment, you’re not alone. More than 90 percent of us want to see our doctors’ notes. In fact, millions of American health-care consumers now do. Seems there’s been a little revolution brewing. The big news? […]

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Clinical Innovation + Technology. Delbanco: OpenNotes is ‘contagious’

October 23, 2014 Reply
Clinical Innovation + Technology. Delbanco: OpenNotes is ‘contagious’

Since OpenNotes first was implemented in Boston, rural Pennsylvania and Seattle in 2010, the number of patients with access to their notes has swelled from 19,000 to nearly 4.5 million as more organizations join the movement, according to speakers at the 2014 AMDIS Fall Symposium.   Read the full article on the Clinical Innovation + […]

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2014 RWJF Pioneering Ideas Podcast: What if? Shifting Perspectives to Change the World

October 22, 2014 Reply
2014 RWJF Pioneering Ideas Podcast: What if? Shifting Perspectives to Change the World

RWJF’s Emmy Ganos talks to Tom Delbanco and Jan Walker of OpenNotes about the original spark that inspired them to create this national initiative, what they’ve learned as OpenNotes has spread to more and more hospitals and health systems, and where their pioneering work is heading next.   Listen to the full podcast here!

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