What is OpenNotes?

It’s a simple idea

OpenNotes is a national initiative* working to give patients access to the visit notes written by their doctors, nurses, or other clinicians.

As a patient, you have the right to read the notes your doctor or clinician writes about you during or after your appointment.  Having the chance to read and discuss them with your doctor or family member can help you take better control of your health and health care.

As a healthcare professional, you may build better relationships with your patients and take better care of them when you share your visit notes. Our evidence suggests that opening up visit notes to patients may make care more efficient, improve communication, and most importantly may help patients become more actively involved with their health and health care.

*OpenNotes is not a software program.

“Open notes create partnerships toward better health and health care by giving everyone on the medical team, including the patient, access to the same information”

- Tom Delbanco, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center