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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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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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