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A recent analysis of more than 20,000 patients reading clinicians’ notes provided exciting insights into how patients believe reading notes impacts their use of prescription medications. I was pleased to lead that study and publish it at the end of May in the Annals of Internal Medicine, accompanied by an editorial by David Blumenthal, MD and Melinda Abrams from the Commonwealth Fund. In this issue of the Observer, we tell you about the study and introduce you to its main findings. You’ll find a video interview featuring . . .
BOSTON – A new study of patients reading the visit notes their clinicians write, report positive effects on their use of prescription medications. The study, Patients Managing Medications and Reading their Visit Notes: A survey of OpenNotes participants, published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine, shows that when patients read their notes, they report significant benefits, including feeling more comfortable with and in control of their medications, a greater understanding of medication’s side effects . . .
As of July 1, 2019, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD joined two hundred other health systems in the OpenNotes movement and started sharing clinical notes with their patients. At the NIH, the practice is being adopted widely and, in addition to sharing outpatient notes, notes written to document the course of inpatient care will also be readily available, a practice currently embraced by very few health systems. Among the 27 NIH institutes and centers, 17 serve patients from all across the world at the Clinical Center . . .
BOSTON — OpenNotes announced today that more than 40 million patients using secure online patient portals can now access the notes written by their clinicians at 200 health systems across the U.S. and Canada. As the OpenNotes movement continues to support the availability of fully transparent medical records, new studies show positive effects on diverse aspects of care, including communication . . .
We sat down with Dr. Scott Fields, Chief Medical Officer at OCHIN, a health information and innovation network serving over 500 organizations and 10,000 clinicians across the U.S. with the technology, research, and expertise to improve health care delivery and integration. Dr. Fields is responsible for providing clinical leadership and guidance to the development, implementation, and management of clinical and health IT systems, including electronic health records (EHRs) and other HIT systems . . .
Survey: 62% of patients value access to web-based visit notes when choosing a new provider, Becker’s Health IT & CIO Report
The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, America’s research hospital, is located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. Through clinical research, clinician-investigators translate laboratory discoveries into better treatments, therapies and interventions to improve the nation’s health. Currently, there are about 1,600 clinical research studies in progress at the NIH Clinical Center . . .
PX Learning Bite – Optimizing OpenNotes for Patient Engagement and Safety, The Beryl Institute
Access to physician’s notes may improve patient adherence to medications, Annals of Internal Medicine
Ready or Not, We Live in an Age of Health Information Transparency, Annals of Internal Medicine
Medical Errors: How Healthcare Providers Can Address Long-Term Harm, Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare
UCHealth’s OpenNotes Journey: From a Few Docs to Enterprise-Wide Acceptance, Healthcare Innovation
Doctor’s Notes, by Jennifer Blumenthal