OpenNotes is an integral part of leveraging health technology to drive patient data access.
It is difficult to discuss patient portals and patient data access without mentioning OpenNotes.
OpenNotes was created in 2010 to allow patients to view their clinician notes using health technologies such as patient portals. Since then, OpenNotes has received extensive funding from large healthcare stakeholders and has expanded to reach millions of patients across the country.
OpenNotes’ popularity is not unfounded. Numerous studies have indicated that patients benefit from viewing their provider notes. While there are still some concerns about the effects notes have on the patient-provider relationship, it is clear that OpenNotes is here to stay in healthcare.
It is important that providers understand the OpenNotes program on the whole so they can reconcile the changes OpenNotes can make to their workflows and patient care.
OpenNotes is not just a technology
To be clear, OpenNotes is a philosophy, and not a specific technology vendor.
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