The OpenNotes initiative began as a yearlong experiment to investigate patients and doctors’ attitudes about sharing a visit note. At the end of the year, 99% of patients wanted to continue sharing visit notes and no doctor asked for the notes to be turned off. Read the findings, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Now we are undertaking a series of research activities designed to help us understand how shared notes might evolve in the future and their potential role in improving health care nationally.

We’re examining issues of:

  • Patient safety: Can shared notes help patients spot and correct errors in their medical records?
  • Medical education: What do we need to teach residents to ensure their notes are effective tools for patients and colleagues?
  • Caregiver access: How can shared notes help patients’ caregivers optimize care?
  • Mental health: How can open notes help mental health patients? All of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s psychiatrists and some of its social work team are now piloting open access to mental health notes with a select group of their patients.

Have a research idea? Contact us.

Read all of our OpenNotes publications