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Journal of Oncology Practice: Commentary

June 15, 2015 Reply
Journal of Oncology Practice: Commentary

Open Visit Notes: A Patient’s Perspective and Expanding National Experience By Dave deBronkart and Jan Walker, RN, MBA Society for Participatory Medicine, Nashua, NH; and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA We congratulate Martin [1] on his thoughtful description of how he has opened clinical notes to his patients. We write […]

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Forbes: New Poll Shows Two‒Thirds Of Doctors Reluctant To Share Health Data With Patients

June 8, 2015 Reply
Forbes: New Poll Shows Two‒Thirds Of Doctors Reluctant To Share Health Data With Patients

The polling question was simple. Should patients have access to their entire medical record ‒ including MD notes, any audio recordings, etc…? For many, the response by over 2,300 physicians came as no real surprise. 49% ‒ Access to all records should only be given on a case‒by‒case basis 34% ‒ Yes, Always 17% ‒ […]

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Medscape: What Patients Gain by Reading Their Doctor’s Notes

June 1, 2015 Reply
Medscape: What Patients Gain by Reading Their Doctor’s Notes

During a recent physical, Jeff Gordon’s doctor told him he may be pre-diabetic. It was a quick mention, mixed in with a review of blood pressure numbers, other vital statistics like his heart rate, height and weight, and details about his prescription for cholesterol medication. Normally, Gordon, 70, a food broker who lives in Washington, […]

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USA Today: Doctors’ note-sharing helps patients fight health issues

May 31, 2015 Reply
USA Today: Doctors’ note-sharing helps patients fight health issues

During a recent physical, Jeff Gordon’s doctor told him he may be pre-diabetic. It was a quick mention, mixed in with a review of blood pressure numbers, other vital statistics like his heart rate, height and weight, and details about his prescription for cholesterol medication. Normally, Gordon, 70, a food broker who lives in Washington, […]

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KUOW News – 94.9FM: When Doctors Invite Patients To Read Their Notes

May 21, 2015 Reply
KUOW News – 94.9FM: When Doctors Invite Patients To Read Their Notes

Do you wonder what your doctor scribbles in the chart during your visit? Patients at Harborview Medical Center got to read their medical records, including their doctors’ detailed notes. For some, that access prompted them to become more involved in their health care. Linda Johnson, 67, had been relatively healthy all her adult life. She […]

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HealthLeaders Media: How OpenNotes Builds Patient Engagement

May 19, 2015 Reply
HealthLeaders Media: How OpenNotes Builds Patient Engagement

Patients are encouraged to become engaged in their healthcare, but they can’t do it unless providers give them the tools and information they need to actively participate. Everyone agrees that patient engagement is important. No one agrees on what, exactly, the term means. A 2012 study published in the Journal of Participatory Medicine,”The Many Faces […]

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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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