“Opening the doctor’s black box breaks down traditional barriers and provides a foundation for all kinds of exciting innovations in health care.”
Fifty million patients across the nation will soon have access to more of their electronic health record information thanks to a $10 million joint initiative between the Cambia Health Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Peterson Center on Healthcare, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The funding will be used to expand the adoption of OpenNotes, a national program that encourages patient engagement and improved provider communication by allowing patients to view – and in some cases add to – their unfiltered visit documentation.
The OpenNotes project started with several patient pilots within the Geisinger Health System, Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in 2010, and quickly saw high levels of satisfaction from patients and their providers alike.
In 2013, Geisinger and BIDMC found that 80 percent of patient participants felt more in control of their care after gaining access to their EHR data, while 70 percent added that they were more likely to adhere to treatment plans once they knew what their physicians were saying about them.
A follow-up study published in November of 2015 found that patients did indeed exhibit higher levels of medication adherence. Nearly 80 percent of patients who had access to OpenNotes while taking antihypertensive medicines remained adherent to their medication plans, compared to just 75.3 percent of patients prescribed the same regimen who did not view their data.
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