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EHR Intelligence: OpenNotes Pilots Show Value of Patients Annotating EHRs

February 26, 2015 Reply
EHR Intelligence: OpenNotes Pilots Show Value of Patients Annotating EHRs

With the advent of EHRs, mobile health products, telehealth services, and other health IT innovations, it comes as no surprise that physicians have also provided patients with electronic access to their written notes. The OpenNotes study started in 2011 and immediately showed patients feel better about and are more likely to adhere to their medications […]

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Reuters Health: Patients, doctors see benefits of sharing medical records

February 25, 2015 Reply
Reuters Health: Patients, doctors see benefits of sharing medical records

When Stacey Whiteman was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis two years ago, she didn’t realize the toughest challenge would be its impact on her brain. The 53-year-old from Massachusetts was forced to quit work as an executive assistant after becoming easily confused and prone to forget, even about priorities like doctor appointments. When her physician suggested […]

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University Of Missouri Health Care: MU Health Care Puts Patients First With Access To Online Physician Notes

February 11, 2015 Reply
University Of Missouri Health Care: MU Health Care Puts Patients First With Access To Online Physician Notes

COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri Health Care providers have long believed that an informed patient plays a vital role in the delivery of health care. To encourage patients to be more involved in their care, MU physicians have worked with the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation to give patients access to their notes at […]

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Health Data Management: Online Initiative Engages Patients by Sharing Physician Notes

February 5, 2015 Reply
Health Data Management: Online Initiative Engages Patients by Sharing Physician Notes

More than 5 million patients nationwide now have electronic access to their clinicians’ visit notes through an effort that allows them to read these medical notes online after an appointment. The use of technology to better engage patients in their own care is at the heart of OpenNotes, according to John Mafi, M.D., an internal […]

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HealthIT Security: BIDMC Developing Interactive, Secure Health Data Program

February 4, 2015 Reply
HealthIT Security: BIDMC Developing Interactive, Secure Health Data Program

Last week, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) received a $450,000 grant from The Commonwealth Fund to develop an interactive, yet still secure health data program. Specifically, BIDMC will be working with OurNotes, a tool that gives patients the opportunity to contribute to their own EMRs. OurNotes is an extension of OpenNotes, which BIDMC has […]

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Medscape: OurNotes Project to Explore Patient-Generated EHR Data

February 3, 2015 Reply
Medscape: OurNotes Project to Explore Patient-Generated EHR Data

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, one of the pilot sites for the successful OpenNotes project, is launching a study called OurNotes to test the concept of having patients add to and update their own electronic medical records. Using a $450,000 grant from the Commonwealth Fund, the medical center will collaborate with its […]

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The Irish Times – Medical Matters: Charting progress: who owns patients’ medical notes?

February 2, 2015 Reply
The Irish Times – Medical Matters: Charting progress: who owns patients’ medical notes?

Is the main purpose of medical records for doctors to communicate with each other as well as to remind themselves of the details of a patient’s condition or treatment? Who actually “owns” your medical chart? Have you ever read your own medical record, in hospital or in general practice? Until recently at least, doctors were […]

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mobihealthnews: Beth Israel pilot to let patients add notes to medical records

January 27, 2015 Reply

Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center received a $450,000 grant from The Commonwealth Fund this week to develop a program called OurNotes that allows patients to contribute to their medical records. The program is an extension of the well-known OpenNotes initiative and will include collaboration with a handful of other providers across the country. “This is really […]

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EHRIntelligence: Co-Authored EHR Notes to Redefine Patient Engagement

January 26, 2015 Reply
EHRIntelligence: Co-Authored EHR Notes to Redefine Patient Engagement

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, (BIDMC), a leader in the OpenNotes movement, is taking patient engagement one step further with a new grant that will explore the notion of letting patients actively contribute to their EHR documentation.  With a $450,000 grant from The Commonwealth Fund, BIDMC and a team of partner organizations will develop OurNotes […]

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

January 23, 2015 Reply
WBUR’s CommonHealth – How Are We Today? Study Lets 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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