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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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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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