Starting this spring patients will have access to all of the visit notes their clinicians write through their online patient portals. However, only a small fraction of U.S. clinicians have experience writing visit notes when they know patients may be reading them, and they’re asking a lot of questions: How do you write a note when patients are reading? Do you need to change how you document? Will your notes become longer? Shorter? Will you need to “dumb down” your note?
Combined, Leonor Fernandez, MD, and CT Lin, MD, have 20 years of experience with open notes. In this webinar they will help you understand and get more comfortable with “how to” write an open note. You will learn:
- from real clinician experiences in writing notes with patients in mind
- the findings from research about patient views on clinical documentation
- how documentation changes (and does not change) after open notes
- how to handle documentation in possibly tricky situations
- about misconceptions related to open notes (e.g., who benefits from open notes)
- how open notes can streamline your documentation process
- how to ensure your patients benefit from an equitable open notes experience
Webinar: Friday, January 29, 2021
10-11am Pacific / 1-2pm Eastern
Register for the webinar
Bonus Office Hours: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
8-9am Pacific / 11am-Noon Eastern
Register for office hours
Limited to first 75 registrations
Why this matters: There is an urgent need for U.S. clinicians to get up to speed on best practices for open notes within a matter of months. Beginning April 5, 2021, the 21st Century Cures Act will require patients be provided access to all the health information in their electronic medical records, without delay, by their healthcare providers.
About Office Hours
Office Hours is an opportunity to ask more specific questions about open notes in an informal group setting. The goal is that you and others will learn from the experts and each other. There is no formal presentation during Office Hours. We encourage you to register for and attend the How to Write An Open Note: Research & Real-World Experience companion webinar taking place on Friday, January 29, 2021, before attending Office Hours, although it is not mandatory.
About the presenters
Leonor Fernandez, MD, is an educator and internist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical work, research, and leadership work is focused on patient-centered care and health equity. At OpenNotes, her work focuses on helping patients from all backgrounds use open notes to communicate more clearly with clinicians, and be empowered and meaningfully engaged in healthcare–including those facing chronic illness, with limited English skills, or with limited health literacy.
CT Lin, MD, is Chief Medical Information Officer of UCHealth, Professor of Medicine at University of Colorado School of Medicine, and board-certified in Internal Medicine and Clinical Informatics. He sees internal medicine patients and also facilitates workshops on physician-patient communication for students, residents and practicing physicians. His national publications and talks focus on physician adoption of IT, EHR usability, and online patient communication and patient accessible records with open test results and open notes.