Can sharing physician notes with patients have a positive effect on care?
That is the basic question behind the OpenNotes movement, which sprung out of a three-city pilot program in Boston, Seattle, and rural Pennsylvania and has since gone on to give more than five million patients access to their medical records. Using a patient portal, OpenNotes providers allow their patients to see the complete clinician note. This transparency aims to help patients become more engaged in their healthcare.
Homer Chin, a physician, former executive with Kaiser Permanente, and affiliate professor in the Department of Medical Informatics and Outcomes Research at the Oregon Health and Science University, says thus far, OpenNotes has been a positive experience for doctors and patients. Chin spoke alongside Amy Fellows, executive director of non-profit organization, We Can Do Better, at the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference, held this year in Las Vegas
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