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How Are We Today? Study Lets WBUR’s CommonHealth – Patients Help Write Medical Notes, Google Doc Style

January 23, 2015 Reply
How Are We Today? Study Lets WBUR’s CommonHealth – Patients Help Write Medical Notes, Google Doc Style

First, beginning about five years ago, came the OpenNotes study. Researchers found that when they gave patients access to their primary care doctors’ written notes, the patients said they got better at taking care of themselves, particularly at taking medications correctly. And contrary to some doctors’ fears, the notes did not tend to cause offense […]

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e-patients.net – From OpenNotes to OurNotes: New project heads toward *real* participatory medicine

January 23, 2015 Reply
e-patients.net – From OpenNotes to OurNotes: New project heads toward *real* participatory medicine

I’m beyond thrilled. Way beyond thrilled. This is going to take some figuring out, but is this what we’ve been striving toward, or what?? For years we’ve written here about the OpenNotes study (MyOpenNotes.org), funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which established that when patients can read their doctors’ unedited visit notes – the hairy detailed medicalese […]

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HealthIT Outcomes: Access To Notes Empowers Patients In Pilot Study

January 16, 2015 Reply
HealthIT Outcomes: Access To Notes Empowers Patients In Pilot Study

Psychiatry and social work clinicians report positive results from the mental health pilot at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, an attempt to measure the use of OpenNotes to share mental health notations with patients. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston – an academic medical center affiliated with Harvard Medical School – employs approximately […]

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Harvard Business Review: Bringing the Customer’s Voice into Medicine

November 24, 2014 Reply
Harvard Business Review: Bringing the Customer’s Voice into Medicine

U.S. health care providers have 10 million newly insured patients to serve this year. That’s 10 million customers they don’t know much about, which makes innovation all the more important. We’re already experiencing a first, technology-driven wave of transformation — electronic health records, mobile phones, sensors, and telemedicine robots are making care more effective and […]

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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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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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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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