OpenNotes Proposes HHS Create a ‘National Transparency Advisory Group’ Healthcare Innovation
In its response to a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, OpenNotes has recommended that HHS establish a “National Transparency Advisory Group” charged with advising HHS and monitoring the nation’s progress toward a fully transparent health care system. Cait DesRoches, executive director of OpenNotes, explains how making clinical notes available to patients is a keystone for improving transparency in healthcare. The HHS rule proposes that clinical notes be included in an expanded set of data that must be exchanged electronically and made easily accessible to patients in the U.S. Core Data for Interoperability.
Patients report benefits of having access to EHR clinical notes, Health Data Management
Patients derive multiple benefits—including the ability to better manage their care—if they can access their electronic health records to read clinicians’ notes after medical visits.
New study reaffirms the positive impacts that OpenNotes and patient data access can have on patient health, especially among vulnerable patient populations.
“We all struggle to engage our patients in their care and improve compliance with treatment plans and medication adherence. Sharing notes with our patients through a secure online portal is now proven to be an easy and effective tool toward this effort. Let’s all get on board with OpenNotes.” — Brian D. Patty MD, VP and CMIO, Rush University Medical Center
PX Learning Bite – Optimizing OpenNotes for Patient Engagement and Safety, The Beryl Institute
Liz Salmi, Senior Strategist for Outreach and Communications, OpenNotes, explains that when patients can read their doctors notes a large majority report benefits such as feeling more engaged in their care, having a better understanding of their health conditions, and are more likely to take medications as prescribed.
NYSHealth submits comments on a proposed rule with implications for price and information transparency in the U.S. health care system, New York State Health Foundation
“NYSHealth believes that information transparency is a gateway to improving affordability, quality, and competition in the health care system and making the system work better for all Americans. … We support projects to develop and spread information resources for patients and encourage diverse stakeholders (including plans, providers, and policymakers) to advance transparency in health care.”
– David Sandman, PhD, President & CEO, New York State Health Foundation