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#OpenNotes mashup! 20th birthday of Seinfeld’s “Elaine’s a difficult patient” :)

October 17, 2016 Reply
#OpenNotes mashup! 20th birthday of Seinfeld’s “Elaine’s a difficult patient” :)

“It was twenty years ago today / Sgt Pepper taught the band to play” … well, today’s the 20th birthday of Seinfeld episode #139, October 17, 1996. This was the famous segment where Elaine looked in her chart and found she’d been marked “Difficult.” What followed was hysterical, as she got lied to and ultimately recruited Kramer […]

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It’s National Health Information Technology Week

September 26, 2016 Reply
It’s National Health Information Technology Week

At OpenNotes we spend a lot of time talking about how note sharing can help patients, but this week we’re honoring National Health Information Technology week by bringing some attention to the positive impact OpenNotes can have on doctors, nurses and other health care providers. OpenNotes is one aspect of health information technology that can […]

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Should Patients Read Their Progress Notes?

September 12, 2016 Reply
Should Patients Read Their Progress Notes?

Proto Magazine – A nationwide program advocates that patients should have seamless access to their doctors’ notes. But not everyone thinks this is a good idea. Patients once had to file a subpoena to see their own medical records. Even today, the logistics for patients to acquire their charts are cumbersome enough that fewer than […]

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Back to School OpenNotes Style

September 12, 2016 Reply
Back to School OpenNotes Style

By Fabienne Bourgeois, MD, MPH, Boston Children’s Hospital  Fall is in the air and everyone is gearing up for back to school. For some, it’s an exciting time, but for others adjusting to all the newness is stressful, especially when it comes to communicating your child’s health needs to the front line staff at school […]

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Open Notes: Building Transparency, Trust, and Better Health Outcomes

September 1, 2016 Reply
Open Notes: Building Transparency, Trust, and Better Health Outcomes

In this Health Literacy Out loud podcast, Helen Osborne talks with Dr. Susan Woods, Director of Patient Experience for the Connected Care Office at the Veterans Health Administration about: Open Notes, a way for patients to electronically and securely access their own clinical notes thought a patient portal. How Open Notes benefit patients and providers through […]

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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, PhD, 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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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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