Empowering patients by opening access to their notes from doctors' visits.
By opening access to doctors' notes, OpenNotes is helping patients feel more engaged and in control of their health care.
In 2010, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded an exploratory study examining what happens when patients are invited to read their doctors' notes.
Primary care doctors in Boston, rural Pennsylvania and Seattle shared visit notes with more than 19,000 patients—and the results were overwhelming. By huge margins, patients expressed feeling greater control of their care, understanding of their medical issues, and likelihhood of taking medications as prescribed.
With this evidence, OpenNotes is working to make sharing visit notes with patients a routine part of care. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Geisinger Health System have expanded their participation in the program. Milwaukee’s Columbia St. Mary’s health system and The Department of Veterans Affairs have adopted OpenNotes. Expansion plans are under way at other health systems across the country.
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Blog PostThe Next Phase of the OpenNotes Movement
February 2, 2016
What happens when patients gain access to the notes their doctors and nurses take during a visit? Empowered and motivated patients.
OpenNotes: Demonstrating and evaluating transparency in primary care (Phase 3)
Tue Oct 18 00:00:00 EDT 2011
This project--the third phase of the OpenNotes project--will report the results of the OpenNotes study; expand the use of open notes in the three study sites to more physicians and patients and develop useful tools for other institutions that wish to adopt the practice; and expand communications and advocacy efforts to popularize the idea of open notes.
OpenNotes: Demonstrating and evaluating transparency in primary care (Phase 4)
Tue Nov 27 00:00:00 EST 2012
This bridge grant supports the OpenNotes team, based at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, to develop a strategy for broad expansion of the practice of opening up physician notes to their patients and to continue activities related to publishing and disseminating findings of the OpenNotes study.
OpenNotes: Supporting expansion of the practice of giving patients access to physicians' medical notes
Tue Jul 02 00:00:00 EDT 2013
This project will further the spread of the practice of opening physicians' notes to patients to the point where it reaches critical mass and, thus, has sufficient momentum to become a national standard of care.