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RWJF Google Hangout: Opening the Care Conversation through OpenNotes

May 5, 2015 Reply

During RWJF’s First Friday Hangout, we heard from a provider and a patient being honest about their experiences with OpenNotes. The conversation shouldn’t stop there. How can we as patients or providers continue to fight for greater health transparency? What is one thing your organization can do to make transparency in health care the norm […]

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The Healthcare Blog: Opening the Care Conversation Through Open Notes

April 28, 2015 Reply
The Healthcare Blog: Opening the Care Conversation Through Open Notes

It’s a memory aid. It’s truth serum. Using it can transform relationships forever. These may sound like come-ons for the type of product typically hawked on late-night television.  But in fact, they’re some of the things people are saying about OpenNotes. OpenNotes isn’t a product, but an idea: That the notes doctors and other clinicians write […]

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The Washington Post: There’s lots of health-care technology out there. How do you choose?

April 27, 2015 Reply
The Washington Post: There’s lots of health-care technology out there. How do you choose?

The increasing digitization of health care has ushered in a wide array of technological options, pushing patients to read up on them and make good choices. Here’s what the experts say: ● Be a wise consumer. You wouldn’t buy a car without reading the reviews and making sure it’s safe. “Patients should use the same […]

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The Washington Post: How is the doctor-patient relationship changing? It’s going electronic.

April 27, 2015 Reply
The Washington Post: How is the doctor-patient relationship changing? It’s going electronic.

Thanks to technology, Gary Sullivan enjoys a new kind of relationship with his doctor. If he wakes up with a routine health question, the 73-year-old retired engineer simply taps out a secure message into his doctor’s electronic health records system. His Kaiser Permanente physician will answer later that day, sparing Sullivan a visit to the […]

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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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