What is OpenNotes?

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 those notes 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.

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

In 2010, more than 100 primary care doctors from three diverse medical institutions across the United States began sharing notes online with their patients. Each site was part of a 12-month study to explore how sharing doctors’ notes may affect health care.

The evidence from this study 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.

Now, this evidence has started a movement to enable patients to easily read notes written about their care, and to bring more transparency to medical records. Find participating sites.

Initially supported primarily by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, OpenNotes is today funded by generous grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Peterson Center on Healthcare and the Cambia Health Foundation, in addition to project-specific grants from CRICO and The Commonwealth Fund of New York.

“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