Four healthcare organizations have agreed to serve as pilot sites for OurNotes, an initiative aimed at encouraging patients and providers to jointly create clinical notes and care plans within a shared electronic health record.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the University of Colorado and the University of Washington will be piloting OurNotes starting in the spring, with a focus on engaging patients who have chronic conditions.
Matthew Germak, MD, with the OurNotes team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, says that in addition to being one of the four pilot sites BIDMC—which has its own homegrown EHR—is helping to coordinate and standardize efforts with the other three sites, all of which are using Epic systems.
“What we will be piloting next year is patients contributing information prior to their primary care clinicians office visits via their organizations’ patient portals—so, all of this will be an electronic exchange,” adds Germak, who is a primary care physician. “The vision is to have that information get integrated into their doctors’ notes so that we promote more active patient engagement.”
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