The California OpenNotes Consortium is a learning opportunity for California clinicians, health systems and patient advocates with a goal of focusing on effective OpenNotes implementations.
Vision and Goal
We believe it is not enough to just turn on access to notes—health systems must promote access to clinicians and staff and patients, educate patients on what notes are, and make it easy to find notes and other health information. California should be the leader in patient-centered care and patient engagement, and patient access to their own health information is a key to these crucial philosophies.
What is involved?
The California OpenNotes Consortium convenes via video/teleconference on a quarterly basis to learn the latest research, hear presentations, share tips and best practices on technical implementation, and discuss strategies for socializing OpenNotes among clinicians and patients. The video/teleconference conversations are 90-minutes in length.
We welcome all perspectives to join the Consortium: clinicians, informatics professionals, quality and safety buffs, patient experience representatives, patient-family advisory council members, and advocates. Anyone can join as long as you want to learn more about OpenNotes.
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OpenNotes in California
As of December 2018, 25 health systems in California are known to be sharing notes with patients through online portals, including at Cedars-Sinai, Kaiser Permanente—Southern California, LA County Health Services, Opendoor Community Health Centers, Rady Children’s Hospital, Stanford Health Care, Stanford Children’s Health, Sutter Health Medical Foundation in Sacramento, UCLA Health, and UC San Diego Health. Pilots are underway at additional sites. View a full list of notes-sharing organizations in California, and contact us if your health system is not listed on this map.
California OpenNotes Consortium Co-Chairs
- Liz Salmi, Patient Co-Chair, lsalmi @ bidmc.harvard.edu
- Kerry C. Litman, MD, Physician Co-Chair, kerry.c.litman @ gmail.com
Based at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA, OpenNotes is the international movement dedicated to making health care more open and transparent by encouraging doctors, nurses, therapists, and other health care professionals to share clinical visit notes with patients, facilitating patients’ legal right to access to their own medical record. Patients who have access to their full medical record, including their notes, report understanding their conditions better, feeling more in control of healthcare decisions, and being able to identify errors and inaccuracies in the record.