Electronic medical records can play an important role in helping patients manage their care. This study, although limited to a single HIV clinic site, indicates that online visit notes are ready to be shared between HIV clinic patients and doctors.
About the Study:
This OpenNotes study evaluated the perceptions and opinions of patients and their doctors who utilized online doctor’s visit notes and medical records. Specifically, this article examines the experiences among HIV clinic patients and their doctors in an Urban HIV/AIDS clinic as compared to three primary care practices in the U.S. Pre-and post- intervention surveys were conducted; the intervention lasted one year and included 99 doctors and 3,819 patients.
OpenNotes, a grantee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was developed to demonstrate and evaluate the impact on both patients and clinicians of fully sharing (through an electronic patient portal) all encounter notes between patients and their primary care providers.