New U.S. federal law gives everyone the right to read clinicians’ notes in their electronic medical records. OpenNotes is the international movement that advocates for transparent communication in healthcare and studies the effects of shared notes in patients’ records. We call these open notes.
The benefits of open notes and how to find them.
Reading the notes your clinicians write can help you take more control of your health. Studies show that fully open communication with your doctor or nurse benefits you and your care partners. And we can help you find your notes.
The OpenNotes Movement
Through education, research, and advocacy, the OpenNotes movement continues to have a remarkable impact on transparency in healthcare. The Covid-19 pandemic and the needs of socio-economically disadvantaged populations make the OpenNotes movement especially important.
OpenNotes is not software or a product. It’s a call to action.
With OurNotes, patients are writing notes with their doctors.
OpenNotes is exploring a new way to build transparent communication, shared decision-making, and mutual trust among patients, care partners and health professionals.
The work has begun. Here’s where we need to go.
The new federal rule mandating open notes is a leap forward, and we’re riding that wave. But sharing notes with patients is just a start. The next level involves many more people utilizing those notes to bring greater transparency, collaboration, and safety to healthcare. That’s where we’re headed.
Here are some ways we’re getting there: