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The Health Leadership Forum: How OpenNotes is enabling better patient engagement

April 15, 2015 Reply

Over the past five years, the OpenNotes project, which gives patients access to the clinical notes written by their doctors and nurses, has seen tremendous growth from its initial three pilot locations. It’s clear that what may have seemed revolutionary in 2010 has struck a nerve with health care organizations and patients, alike. Among the […]

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MEDCITY News: Open Notes advances from research project to ‘movement’

April 12, 2015 Reply
MEDCITY News: Open Notes advances from research project to ‘movement’

The initial success of the Open Notes program is well-documented. As MedCity News reported, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine at the beginning of 2014 found widespread enthusiasm about the idea of opening unedited primary care clinician notes to patients at three test sites. After the first year of Open Notes, 99 percent […]

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The New York Times: The Healing Power of Your Own Medical Data

March 31, 2015 Reply
The New York Times: The Healing Power of Your Own Medical Data

Steven Keating’s doctors and medical experts view him as a citizen of the future. A scan of his brain eight years ago revealed a slight abnormality — nothing to worry about, he was told, but worth monitoring. And monitor he did, reading and studying about brain structure, function and wayward cells, and obtaining a follow-up […]

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Neurology Today – Your Patients Can Read Their Entire Medical Record Online: OpenNotes is Coming Your Way

March 19, 2015 Reply
Neurology Today – Your Patients Can Read Their Entire Medical Record Online: OpenNotes is Coming Your Way

Neurologists who have adopted the OpenNotes program discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with sharing their medical notes and records with patients. This 25-year-old obese woman with a history of depression, cocaine abuse, and pseudoseizures presents for neurologic consultation following an episode of whole body shaking… It’s the kind of medical note that you may […]

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Health IT Outcomes: OpenNotes Allows Patients To Access, Annotate Their EHR

March 11, 2015 Reply
Health IT Outcomes: OpenNotes Allows Patients To Access, Annotate Their EHR

An OpenNotes pilot study has shown allowing patients access to their EHR leads to better medication adherence and a sense of control over their health – now researchers plan to allow patients to add notes to their records as well. OpenNotes, a project designed to allow patients access to their EHR, is planning to take […]

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Psychiatric Times: Transparent Notes in Psychiatry

March 9, 2015 Reply
Psychiatric Times: Transparent Notes in Psychiatry

Demystification of the psychiatric experience through transparency with documentation can replace anxiety with empowerment. The trend toward transparent documentation has potential for many benefits, yet it remains a provocative concept for the field of psychiatry. The OpenNotes initiative that began with sharing primary care notes online and in real time with patients has proved to […]

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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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