By Dave deBronkart
Big news is emerging from the OpenNotes® project: big institutions are making patient access to the medical record Standard Operating Procedure.
For the first time, an unprecedented number of patients and families – over 1.3 million so far – are enabled to take a big step toward full partnership in their care, by having access to the information their clinicians wrote. And there’s more on the way in the next year.
This is great news for participatory medicine! We’ve often touted the news from the OpenNotes study. If you’re new to it, here’s our post announcing the results last fall, and here’s the project’s website. The results were big news for participatory medicine because they said that when patients can see their doctors’ visit notes – unedited – things go better. That’s important, because as SPM co-founder Dr. Danny Sands says, “How can patients participate if they can’t see what I see?”
Read the full post on e-patients.net.