Continuing the progress of the OpenNotes movement, four institutions have jointly announced $10 million in new funding to spread access to clinical notes to 50 million patients nationwide.
The practice of sharing visit notes more readily began with the OpenNotes yearlong pilot in 2010. At the end of a year, those who read their notes reported feeling more in control of their care and having better recall, knowledge and understanding of their medical conditions. Ninety-nine percent of patients wanted the practice to continue, and all participating doctors chose to keep their notes open after the study ended. Over time, researchers have continued to find benefits in providers sharing notes with their patients.
What’s more, the OpenNotes movement has spread well beyond primary care to more than 5 million Americans. In the three years since the pilot results were reported, the OpenNotes movement has been adopted by major medical systems nationwide and within geographic regions, such as Oregon and southwest Washington.
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