By CT Lin, MD DENVER, CO – I am often asked, “What is the best way to participate in open notes and sharing physician progress notes with patients?” To answer this question, I created this one-page PDF guide. Feel free to use and share it—and please include attribution when you share. In Short: Don’t Panic!…
by CT Lin, MD
DENVER, CO – I am often asked, “What is the best way to participate in open notes and sharing physician progress notes with patients?”
To answer this question, I created this one-page PDF guide. Feel free to use and share it—and please include attribution when you share.
by Michael L. Millenson, President, Health Quality Advisors
CHICAGO, IL – Could OpenNotes help push predictive analytics from paternalism to partnership?
As new payment incentives make it profitable to prevent illness as well as treat it, new technology is offering the tantalizing prospect of accurately targeting pre-emptive interventions.
by George Leydon, DO, family physician
MADISON, WI – When our medical director indicated that we’d be implementing OpenNotes this summer, my fleeting concern about patients seeing my typos was quickly superseded by possible downstream increase in workload—clarifications, phone calls about the documentation, etc. My fear was that it could contribute further to charting fatigue.
by John Torous, MD – BOSTON, MA – Digital psychiatry – using new mobile and connected technologies towards mental health and wellness – offers tremendous potential.
by John Torous, MD
BOSTON, MA – Digital psychiatry – using new mobile and connected technologies towards mental health and wellness – offers tremendous potential. Everyday it seems we read about new smartphone apps, wearables, and virtual reality tools that promise to improve mental health. At last count, there were over 10,000 mental health apps! But beyond the excitement, and often hype, what is the reality? What can technology really do today that may improve mental health care?
Background: Patients are increasingly asking for their health data. Yet, little is known about what motivates patients to engage with the electronic health record (EHR). Furthermore, quality-focused mechanisms for patients to comment about their records are lacking.
Objective: We aimed to learn more about patient experiences with reading and providing feedback on their visit notes.
Methods: We developed a patient feedback tool linked to OpenNotes as part of a pilot quality improvement initiative focused on patient engagement. Patients who had appointments with members of 2 primary care teams piloting the program between August 2014-2015 were eligible to participate. We asked patients what they liked about reading notes and about using a feedback tool and analyzed all patient reports submitted during the pilot period. Two researchers coded the qualitative responses (κ=.74).
“He is a frequent flyer.” This is a term we reserve for patients who consume a lot of services. In the outpatient clinic, it’s the type of patient who comes for frequent visits perhaps more often than medically necessary. Oftentimes, more than we’d like.
MINNEAPOLIS 05/04/2017 — To improve patient experience and care, Allina Health is the Twin Cities’ first health system to launch OpenNotes. After a visit to the doctor, when people are
This mixed methods study evaluated student and provider attitudes and expectations about offering students online access to their student health services visit notes (open notes). Six (N=6) health care providers from four public universities in northeastern Massachusetts participated. Qualitative interviews were completed by students (N=14) from one University in fall of 2013 and an online survey was completed at two universities in Spring of 2014. Attitudes and expectations were explored using qualitative data and descriptive statistics were used to analyze survey questions. Students’ interviews revealed that they desire control over their health and open notes would give them insight and involvement in their health care. Survey data supported these themes. In contrast, providers worried about how it could impact provider-patient relationships. Open notes has the potential to promote students’ understanding and responsibility for their healthcare, which could assist students in their transition from pediatric to adult health care.