Cleveland Clinic patients can now see the notes written about them after an office visit. Later this year, they will also be able to view selected hospital notes. This comes on top of the laboratory results, radiology and pathology reports, and problem and medication lists they can already access via a secure online medical record from the comfort of their living room couch or on the go with their smartphone or tablet. And they don’t need permission to do so.
Why would Cleveland Clinic willingly engage in this “high-tech, high-touch” experiment of opening up the medical record, taking such a dramatic departure from the paternalism of medical care that dominated medical practice just a couple of decades ago?
Because increasing transparency will result in better medical care.
Read Dr. Mikkael Sekeres and Dr. Dave Levin’s full blog on the Huffington Post