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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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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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The Economist: More patients are getting to read their doctors’ scribblings

July 26, 2014 Reply
The Economist: More patients are getting to read their doctors’ scribblings

A doctor who sees a child with an odd appearance might write “FLK” in his notes. Short for “funny-looking kid”, it is meant not as an insult, but as a reminder to watch for slow growth and mental retardation, which can accompany physical abnormalities. Later he may add “FLD”: funny-looking dads tend to have funnylooking […]

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90.9 WBUR: Beth Israel Opens Mental Health Notes To Some Patients

July 22, 2014 Reply

If you’ve ever met with a therapist, you may have wondered what he or she is writing down while you’re speaking. Maybe you’ve even tried to sneak a peek and decipher upside-down handwriting. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is removing that guesswork for some patients. A new pilot program lets carefully selected psychiatric patients read […]

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An Open Note to Open Note Objectors

July 22, 2014 Reply

There is a growing group of articulate and engaged patients committed to getting access to all their medical information in order to be better positioned to work collaboratively with their clinical teams. Published studies like the OpenNotes project have consistently shown significant benefits and a lack of serious problems. Health care systems are slow to […]

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Being able to read my doctors’ notes has become an invaluable tool

July 21, 2014 Reply

This blog is written by Eileen Hughes, Program Manager, Community Benefits, BIDMC I was 20 years old when a new doctor I had just started seeing for my recent diagnosis of type 1 diabetes told me that his job was to help me learn more about diabetes, but ultimately it was my disease to manage. […]

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Shape: Would You Want to Read Your Therapist’ Notes?

July 14, 2014 Reply
Shape: Would You Want to Read Your Therapist’ Notes?

If you’ve ever visited a therapist, you’ve likely experienced this very moment: You spill your heart out, anxiously await a response, and your doc looks down—scribbling into a notebook or tapping away at an iPad. You’re stuck: “What is he writing?!” About 700 patients at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital—part of a preliminary study at […]

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KPCC: Should Therapists Give Their Patients Access to Mental Health Notes?

July 12, 2014 Reply
KPCC: Should Therapists Give Their Patients Access to Mental Health Notes?

At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, therapists are giving mental health patients access to therapy notes and charts, something patients commonly have access to in other fields. The doctors behind the project say that opening mental health records up to patients allows for a more participatory, active, and collaborative therapy practice. Critics argue […]

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