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Boston Globe: Doctors’ notes on mental health shared with patients

April 8, 2014 Reply
Boston Globe: Doctors’ notes on mental health shared with patients

Policy shift at Beth Israel Deaconess At the end of every workday, psychiatrists, social workers, and other mental health providers write notes describing their patients’ visits. It is where they chronicle paranoid behavior, excessive drinking, or relationship problems. These candid comments often are available to other doctors, but they are rarely shared with patients themselves. […]

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Northwest patients to gain easy access to clinicians’ notes

April 8, 2014 Reply
Northwest patients to gain easy access to clinicians’ notes

Regional collaboration spurs first widespread adoption of the OpenNotes initiative Portland, Ore. – A unique regional collaboration among nine prominent health systems and medical groups in the Northwest will provide more than one million patients in Oregon and Southwest Washington with electronic access to the notes their providers include in medical records. This marks the first […]

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Join Us! Help make @MyOpenNotes the Norm!

April 2, 2014 Reply

On April 8, we will hit a new milestone with the number of patients across the country who will soon have access to the medical notes written by their clinicians. Help us make open notes the norm by joining our first Thunderclap! Thunderclap is a great tool that allows us all to share a message on social […]

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Making Mental Health Notes Available to Patients

April 2, 2014 Reply
Making Mental Health Notes Available to Patients

BIDMC launches pilot, advocates for openness Date: 4/1/2014 BIDMC Contact: Kelly Lawman Phone: 617-667-7305 Email: klawman@bidmc.harvard.edu Writing for “A Piece of My Mind,” appearing April 2 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), lead author and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center psychiatrist, Michael Kahn, MD, urges mental health clinicians to begin sharing the visit notes they write […]

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OpenNotes: Putting Medical Record Transparency to the Test

March 13, 2014 Reply

Many health experts see “consumer engagement” as a key to improving quality and lowering costs. But how to get people to be more actively involved in their own care has vexed these same experts for years. Computers have unquestionably made things easier by enabling individuals, with a few clicks, to delve deeply into whatever health […]

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BMJ: Access to health records- patients first

March 6, 2014 Reply

Criticism of the government’s plan to collect data from patients’ medical records to build a new NHS database—care.data—has been fast and furious. With data collection postponed amid public concern about its confidentiality the government is now fielding advice on how to get its “busted” scheme right next time round. While the research potential of analysing “big data”  has […]

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Milwaukee Magazine: The Doctor Will Write You Now

March 5, 2014 Reply

Thanks to the computerization of medical records, the illegible scrawl of your doctor is mostly a thing of the past. Soon to be gone, too, might be the misunderstandings some patients have after they leave the doctor’s office – thanks to an initiative called OpenNotes. Pioneered in Wisconsin by the Columbia St. Mary’s health care […]

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Boston Globe: Doctors, Patients, and Computer Screens

February 24, 2014 Reply
Boston Globe: Doctors, Patients, and Computer Screens

“A woman in her 60s comes in for her annual physical. She feels fine. Still, there are things she’s eager to discuss with me. She’s terrified she’ll again come down with the illness that put her in the hospital a couple of years ago. Her kids are an ongoing source of stress. I turn my […]

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US News & World Report: OpenNotes Helps Keep Patients Informed and Engaged

February 4, 2014 Reply
US News & World Report:  OpenNotes Helps Keep Patients Informed and Engaged

In a classic “Seinfeld” moment from 1996, the character Elaine is waiting in the doctor’s office and peeks inside her medical chart, only to find that someone had written that she was “difficult.” The doctor walks in, grabs the file and tells Elaine, “You shouldn’t be reading that.” She questions him about that notation and […]

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OpenNotes on the Morning Blend

February 4, 2014 Reply

Dr. Marc Horneffer of Columbia St. Mary’s and his patient, Diane Swietzer, discuss OpenNotes on the Morning Blend:

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