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The Doctor is Listening: More on OpenNotes & Surprising Results of What Doctors Think

October 27, 2014 Reply

Recently, I wrote on NPR’s Shots Blog about the movement towards open medical records and the pioneering work of OpenNotes by Dr. Tom Delbanco and Jan Walker. Here’s an excellent RWJF podcast about why they decided getting health care providers to share their notes with patients, and where their work is headed next. Here’s a […]

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iHealthBeat: Health Affairs Study – Emails Between Patients, Physicians Tripled Over 10 Years

October 27, 2014 Reply
iHealthBeat: Health Affairs Study – Emails Between Patients, Physicians Tripled Over 10 Years

Email communications between physicians and patients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston nearly tripled over a 10-year period, according to a study published in Health Affairs, Health Data Management reports. For the study, researchers examined email communications at Beth Israel. In 2000, the hospital created a Web portal through which patients could view […]

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Life as a Healthcare CIO: Wikipedia and Facebook for Clinical Documentation

October 20, 2014 Reply

Over the past several years I’ve written about the inadequate state of clinical documentation, which is largely unchanged since the days of Osler, (except for a bit more structure introduced by Larry Weed in the 1970s) and was created for billing/legal purposes not for care coordination. One of the most frequent complaints in my email […]

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Cardiovascular Business: When patients review Rx in EHR, accuracy & engagement improve

October 13, 2014 Reply
Cardiovascular Business: When patients review Rx in EHR, accuracy & engagement improve

A pilot program that allowed patients to provide feedback on medications listed in their EHR found 89 percent of respondents requested changes. These patients were also more than twice as likely to use the health system outpatient portal compared to average patients, researchers found. In chronic conditions, such as heart failure and hypertension, a complex […]

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Medscape: Docs Willing to Share Medical Practice With Patients? Sort Of

September 22, 2014 Reply
Medscape: Docs Willing to Share Medical Practice With Patients? Sort Of

The use of technology in medicine, and patients’ desire to be more involved in their own healthcare, is changing the way that medicine is practiced. The WebMD/Medscape Digital Technology Survey was conducted in August and early September to gauge the thoughts of clinicians and patients on the new technology and gadgets used in medical practice, […]

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Reading your medical file

July 30, 2014 Reply
Reading your medical file

I walked over to the office of my former doctor a few days ago to pick up my past. “Sign here,” the doctor’s assistant said, and I did, with some trepidation, as if I were signing jewels out of a safe deposit box. She handed me a sheaf of papers and I walked away in […]

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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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Dr. Tom Delbanco on The Diane Rehm Show: New Efforts to Make Doctors’ Notes Easily Accessible to Patients

May 23, 2014 Reply
Dr. Tom Delbanco on The Diane Rehm Show: New Efforts to Make Doctors’ Notes Easily Accessible to Patients

Listen to Dr. Tom Delbanco and a panel of clinicians and consumers discuss OpenNotes on the Diane Rehm Show. By law, most patients have the right to access their medical records. But obtaining them can be time-consuming and expensive. A growing number of health advocates are pushing to give patients easy electronic access to physicians’ […]

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Cleveland Clinic Making Electronic Medical Records More Transparent to Patients Online

June 6, 2013 Reply
Cleveland Clinic Making Electronic Medical Records More Transparent to Patients Online

Cleveland Clinic is making its patients’ electronic medical records (EMRs) much more transparent and accessible by providing patients secure, convenient online access to almost all of the information in their medical files. The move will give patients a more complete picture of their health and empower them to make better, smarter and more economical decisions […]

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iHealthBeat: In Record Time: How an EHR Changed My Patient Experience

May 9, 2013 Reply

By Doug Thompson I’ll be the first to admit it, I was a bit put off when the receptionist said, “You need to call back the day you’d like to see the doctor.” With such short notice would I even get to see my new family doctor, or would I be triaged to one of […]

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