Sharing health care notes with patients strengthens communication, quality, safety, and mutual trust. Join the OpenNotes movement!
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs locations share notes
patients nationwide have online access to notes
have health systems that have adopted OpenNotes
What is OpenNotes?
OpenNotes is just that — notes written by doctors, nurses, therapists, and other clinicians that are made readily available to patients. OpenNotes isn't software; it's a culture change that makes it easier for patients and health care teams to work together.
Why Share Notes?
Communicate and Engage
OpenNotes gets patients and clinicians onto the same page, promoting shared understanding of the goals of care.Learn how to get started
Improve Quality of Care
OpenNotes lets patients participate more actively before, during, and after visits, making care more effective.Listen to one doctor’s experience
Take Medication More Effectively
Research indicates that sharing notes helps patients manage their medications more reliably.Here’s what we’re learning
Manage Chronic Illness
OpenNotes can be a vitally important tool for patients with chronic illnesses and other health challenges.Watch this patient’s story
Sharing notes helps family, friends, and other care partners improve care for the patients they support.See how OpenNotes helps
Make Care Safer
By making it easy for patients to review their notes, OpenNotes can lead to more complete and accurate records.Check out the latest research
Enhance Mental Health Treatment
Sharing notes can be an important component of treatment, while reducing the stigma of mental illness.Learn about potential opportunities
Improve the Patient Experience
OpenNotes increases access to information, helps patients feel more welcome, and promotes trust.Read how note sharing helps