By Ashley Gold
As touted by some patient advocates and medical professionals who want to give patients access to their data and doctors’ notes, online access to medical records for patients has the potential to improve care.
But there’s always potential privacy loss to worry about, and a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research on OpenNotes, an initiative that invites patients to view their visit notes, aimed to identify patient’s attitudes toward privacy when given access to their records.
Participants in the study consisted of 3,874 primary care patients from Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, who were surveyed at baseline and after a one-year period in which they were invited to use OpenNotes to read their visit notes through a secure patient portal.
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