We sat down with Steve O’Neill, Social Work Manager for Psychiatry, Primary Care, Pain Management and Infectious Disease, as well as Associate Director of the Ethics Support Service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Steve is also a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Social Medicine and a Faculty Associate in the Center for
2019 has begun with increasing national interest in the benefits of transparency and patients’ access to their information in health care. Government agencies are focusing on several landmark pieces of health care legislation, including HIPAA and the 21st Century Cures Act. They are asking for input from the public, while the private sector continues to
1. You might consider sharing your notes with family and/or friends who help you manage your care. It can be very helpful to share your medical information with family members or other informal care partners, but only if and when you wish. Whether or not you want to keep notes entirely private is up to you!
1. Patients often get only bits and pieces of information about their health, and that makes it hard to see the whole picture. Reading your notes can connect the dots, helping you to become more engaged and more in control of your health. And once you have access, remind yourself to read them. Our surveys
If your health system or clinician’s office makes notes available online via a secure patient portal, that is the easiest way to access your notes. 1. The first step is registering for a patient portal account. Most health systems provide online access to your medical information through a password-protected, secure internet site. Called a patient
We sat down with Sigall Bell, MD, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, to learn why she thinks sharing notes with patients is a critical safety intervention. Dr. Bell leads the OpenNotes Patient Safety Initiative, a multi-site study examining relationships among OpenNotes and safety outcomes. How did you get involved with
As we begin 2019, we are glad to report that more than 36 million Americans can access their visit notes through patient portals. But that’s only 10% of the U.S. population. It does look as if “rules” that are emerging from the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act passed two years ago will help stimulate further
Welcome to our newest partners! 28 new health systems have joined the movement since July. Visit our map to see if your health system is sharing notes. AdvocateAuroraHealth Penn Medicine Auburn University Medical Clinic Regional Health Contra Costa Health Services Rochester Regional Health EvergreenHealth Sansum Clinic Fairview Health Services Sharp Rees-Stealy HealthEast Care System St.
by OpenNotes It’s been a remarkable year for OpenNotes! In 2018, the number of health systems sharing notes and the number of patients with access to notes has continued to rise. We’re excited by the momentum OpenNotes is gaining, but there’s still plenty of work ahead. Here are ten highlights from 2018 that have us
Download the full white paper: Implementing OpenNotes: Improving patient access to notes on patient portals. At institutions or practices that have joined the OpenNotes movement and invite their patients to read their clinicians’ notes, an important question that arises is: How many patients actually read the notes they are invited to review? This report provides