Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

SunHerald: Be an informed patient, and get healthier

October 23, 2014 Reply
SunHerald: Be an informed patient, and get healthier

If you’ve ever wondered what your doc is scribbling in your file or entering into a computer during your medical appointment, you’re not alone. More than 90 percent of us want to see our doctors’ notes. In fact, millions of American health-care consumers now do. Seems there’s been a little revolution brewing. The big news? […]

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BBC World Service: Clinic lets patients read their therapist’s notes

August 18, 2014 Reply
BBC World Service: Clinic lets patients read their therapist’s notes

Would you want to know what your therapist thinks of you? Hundreds of patients with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston are taking part in an experiment where they have full access to their therapist’s notes about them. Most are reporting it’s a good thing. Steve O’Neill is a therapist and one of […]

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OpenNotes: Putting Medical Record Transparency to the Test

March 13, 2014 Reply

Many health experts see “consumer engagement” as a key to improving quality and lowering costs. But how to get people to be more actively involved in their own care has vexed these same experts for years. Computers have unquestionably made things easier by enabling individuals, with a few clicks, to delve deeply into whatever health […]

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Clinical Corner: OpenNotes at BIDMC

January 30, 2014 Reply

A Q & A with Dr. Tom Delbanco and Jan Walker, RN   You probably know that your doctors, nurses and other care providers write a note after an appointment or discussion, and that the note becomes part of your medical record. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in the United States […]

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BIDMC Expands Online Access to Clinician Notes

August 14, 2013 Reply
BIDMC Expands Online Access to Clinician Notes

Online access to the notes doctors, nurses and other clinicians write is now available for all primary care, orthopedics and rehabilitation services patients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The medical center plans to have outpatient notes from all specialties available by the end of 2013 (with a majority of departments and divisions on board […]

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Pushing the Envelope of Electronic Patient Portals to Engage Patients in Their Care

October 1, 2012 Reply

In an editorial in the October 2 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, Caroline Lubick Goldzweig, MD, MSHS looks at the impact of OpenNotes within the context of electronic patient portals. She states that as electronic health records expand, patients are becoming more engaged and informed. She describes OpenNotes as “a brave effort at pushing […]

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A Patient’s View of OpenNotes

October 1, 2012 1 Reply
A Patient’s View of OpenNotes

Along with the final results of the OpenNotes trial, an editorial by Michael Meltsner, AB, JD, Doctor of Laws (Hon) was  published in the October 2nd issue of  Annals of Internal Medicine. Meltsner was one of the 10,000 patient participants in OpenNotes. In his editorial he places the personal impact that a lack of transparency […]

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Journal of General Internal Medicine: “The Essence of Morning”

September 5, 2012 Reply
Journal of General Internal Medicine: “The Essence of Morning”

Leonor Fernandez, MD, a doctor from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center participating in the OpenNotes project, describes in a feature article her personal experience sharing medical notes with patients.

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SGIM Forum: OpenNotes Debate Part I, II & III

February 2, 2012 Reply
SGIM Forum: OpenNotes Debate Part I, II & III

These days, commentary about bankers, politicians, or school systems is almost invariably accompanied by a call for “increased transparency.” And it’s not different for us in medicine. Spurred by electronic technologies, black boxes are being torn open right and left, bringing disruptive changes to both doctors and patients.

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Doctors Are Cautious, Patients Enthusiastic About Sharing Medical Notes

December 19, 2011 Reply

Patients are overwhelmingly interested in exploring the notes doctors write about them after an office visit, but doctors worry about the impact of such transparency on their patients and on their own workflow, a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) study suggests.

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