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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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New York Times: What the Therapist Thinks About You

July 7, 2014 Reply
New York Times: What the Therapist Thinks About You

David Baldwin wasn’t sure how he had come across the other day in group therapy at the hospital, near the co-op apartment where he lives with his rescue cat, Zoey. He struggles with bipolar disorder, severe anxiety and depression. Like so many patients, he secretly wondered what his therapist thought of him. But unlike those […]

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Seattle Magazine: Personal Health Records

June 12, 2014 Reply

New tools for Seattle’s tech savvy health consumers to track their health care details “Our patients want OpenNotes, and it will help them to become involved and educated partners in their medical care,” says study coauthor Joann G. Elmore, M.D., M.P.H., and professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Harborview Medical Center. […]

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Wall Street Journal: Health-Care Providers Want Patients to Read Medical Records, Spot Errors

June 12, 2014 Reply

Health-care providers are giving patients more access to their medical records so they can help spot and correct errors and omissions. Studies show errors can occur on as many as 95% of the medication lists found in patient medical records. Errors include outdated data and omissions that many patients could readily identify, including prescription drugs […]

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Wisconsin State Journal: Health Sense: More patients able to see doctors’ notes

May 28, 2014 Reply
Wisconsin State Journal: Health Sense: More patients able to see doctors’ notes

In a classic “Seinfeld” episode, Elaine Benes learns that her medical chart says she is “difficult” because she refused to wear a paper exam gown. Her efforts to resolve the situation aggravate doctors, leaving her with an untreated rash. In the real world, where medical charts are increasingly electronic, some providers have started sharing doctor notes with patients. […]

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