A pilot project testing the effectiveness of the Open Notes program found it had a positive effect on medication adherence.
According to a two-year study conducted by Geisinger Health System, the Open Notes program increased medication adherence in 5 percent of those who used it.
“Providing patients access to their doctors’ notes and reminding them to read them before visiting their doctor is key to reinforcing the doctors’ rationale for prescribing specific medications and dosage,” said Eric A. Wright, PharmD, MPH, a research investigator at Geisinger’s Center for Health Research, associate professor of pharmacy practice at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, and the study’s lead investigator, according to Health IT Analytics.
Healthcare IT News reports data from 2,147 adult patients taking cholesterol or hypertension control medications was used for the study. Nearly 80 percent of patients in the study adhered to their physician’s advice when provided access to personalized online examination notes.
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