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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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Life as a Healthcare CIO: Wikipedia and Facebook for Clinical Documentation

October 20, 2014 Reply

Over the past several years I’ve written about the inadequate state of clinical documentation, which is largely unchanged since the days of Osler, (except for a bit more structure introduced by Larry Weed in the 1970s) and was created for billing/legal purposes not for care coordination. One of the most frequent complaints in my email […]

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Cardiovascular Business: When patients review Rx in EHR, accuracy & engagement improve

October 13, 2014 Reply
Cardiovascular Business: When patients review Rx in EHR, accuracy & engagement improve

A pilot program that allowed patients to provide feedback on medications listed in their EHR found 89 percent of respondents requested changes. These patients were also more than twice as likely to use the health system outpatient portal compared to average patients, researchers found. In chronic conditions, such as heart failure and hypertension, a complex […]

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MedCity News: For patients, knowledge is power

October 2, 2014 Reply
MedCity News: For patients, knowledge is power

What patients think, or even know, what they’re entitled to know about their own medical record and what physicians and health systems think a patient should have access to continues to vex both sides of the equation, but the scale is tilting more toward a patient-focused mentality, even among regulators. Joy Pritts, the former chief […]

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Medscape: Docs Willing to Share Medical Practice With Patients? Sort Of

September 22, 2014 Reply
Medscape: Docs Willing to Share Medical Practice With Patients? Sort Of

The use of technology in medicine, and patients’ desire to be more involved in their own healthcare, is changing the way that medicine is practiced. The WebMD/Medscape Digital Technology Survey was conducted in August and early September to gauge the thoughts of clinicians and patients on the new technology and gadgets used in medical practice, […]

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BBC World Service: Clinic lets patients read their therapist’s notes

August 18, 2014 Reply
BBC World Service: Clinic lets patients read their therapist’s notes

Would you want to know what your therapist thinks of you? Hundreds of patients with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston are taking part in an experiment where they have full access to their therapist’s notes about them. Most are reporting it’s a good thing. Steve O’Neill is a therapist and one of […]

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NPR Weekend Edition: When Patients Read What Their Doctors Write

August 17, 2014 Reply
NPR Weekend Edition: When Patients Read What Their Doctors Write

The woman was sitting on a gurney in the emergency room, and I was facing her, typing. I had just written about her abdominal pain when she posed a question I’d never been asked before: “May I take a look at what you’re writing?” At the time, I was a fourth-year medical resident in Boston. […]

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Give patients easy access to health records, says Canadian Medical Association Journal

August 1, 2014 Reply

Canada’s premier medical journal says it’s time patients had easy access to something they normally aren’t invited to see: the notes their doctors write about them. In an era of electronic health records and password-protected portals, patients should be able to access their medical records as easily as they do online banking, argues an editorial […]

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