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10 Million and Counting! Help us make OpenNotes the standard of care for all patients.

August 23, 2016 Reply
10 Million and Counting! Help us make OpenNotes the standard of care for all patients.

Ten Things You Can Do Right Now 1. Feel Confident That the Notes Are For You: You are at the center of your health care, and reading your notes can help you feel more in control of your health and have a stronger and more trusting relationship with your provider. The notes are about you, and you […]

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STAT News – HIPAA turns 20: It opened the door to better doctor-patient communication

August 22, 2016 Reply
STAT News – HIPAA turns 20: It opened the door to better doctor-patient communication

By JANICE D. WALKER, CATHERINE L. ANNAS, and TOM DELBANCO Twenty years ago Sunday, President Bill Clinton signed legislation that profoundly changed health care in the United States: the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Much of the law focused on protecting insurance coverage for people who change jobs, simplifying standards for health care data, […]

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AthenaInsight: Getting patients involved by sharing the screen

August 10, 2016 Reply
AthenaInsight: Getting patients involved by sharing the screen

By Jerry Berger Eileen Hughes has a long list of ailments that include Type 1 diabetes and a rare autoimmune disorder that has sent her to five different specialists. But she feels confident about her health, for one simple reason: She can read and study the notes her clinicians write after each visit. Hughes is […]

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Sharing Access to Notes Engages and Empowers Patients, Families and other Care Partners

August 9, 2016 Reply
Sharing Access to Notes Engages and Empowers Patients, Families and other Care Partners

Jennifer L. Wolff, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health   Navigating health system demands and managing treatments can be difficult, particularly for individuals with complex health needs who are often under the care of multiple providers.  Online patient portals have become an important strategy that can be […]

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National Health Center Week, 2016

August 8, 2016 Reply
National Health Center Week, 2016

We salute our colleagues at community health centers throughout the nation who on a daily basis treat patients in our communities with respect and understanding. Community health centers have been leading advocates for improving access to health care. They appreciate the diversity of backgrounds and needs in our communities. Opening and sharing notes with patients […]

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The Rise of the Patient Voice

August 4, 2016 Reply
The Rise of the Patient Voice

By Jan Walker, RN, MBA Tom and I began working together in the early 1990’s. Tom had already been causing a stir. He had started one of the first hospital-based primary care teaching practices at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and was constantly examining ways to improve quality in care. Deep down in there, […]

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OpenNotes Reaches 10 Million

August 3, 2016 Reply
OpenNotes Reaches 10 Million

Patients at VA and 50 institutions in 35 states can now read their medical notes online BOSTON – The OpenNotes movement is excited to share a milestone – 10 million Americans can now read their medical notes securely online. “The results of the OpenNotes study involving 105 primary care doctors and 20,000 of their patients […]

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Medical Economics: Patient record transparency and the impact on physicians

July 7, 2016 Reply
Medical Economics: Patient record transparency and the impact on physicians

Many physicians are not comfortable sharing their progress notes with patients, concerned that they will take offense, be confused and add to the practice workload by calling or emailing with questions.  But under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), physicians must share their notes with patients who ask. Some physicians have embraced this […]

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HIT Leaders & News: Accessing medical information online via patient portals

July 6, 2016 Reply
HIT Leaders & News: Accessing medical information online via patient portals

Linda Johnson was 3,000 miles away from her Seattle home visiting her daughter in Baltimore when she had a medical emergency. Fortunately, Linda, like many of our patients at Harborview Medical Center, has secure online access to her complete medical record, and in this critical moment, she was able to share that access with her daughter. […]

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The Open Patient Documentary

June 29, 2016 Reply
The Open Patient Documentary

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