By Michael Millenson, February 26, 2013
The OpenNotes initiative declares quite simply that every notation the doctor makes during the patient’s visit can not only be seen by the patient, but commented upon. As the president of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston put it, “Everything that we have and know about you as a patient, you should have access to.” It’s no surprise that this extraordinary project has attracted widespread attention in and out of medicine.
If “information is power,” what can be a more complete sharing of power by medical professionals than this? It is a genuinely revolutionary gesture as free of economic motivation and as rooted in relationship change as CDHP and PCMH are rooted in economic intent and use the language of changed relationships as a tool.
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