by OpenNotes It’s been a remarkable year for OpenNotes! In 2017 the number of health systems sharing notes and the number of patients with access to notes doubled. We’re excited by the momentum OpenNotes is gaining, but there’s still plenty of work ahead. Here are ten highlights from 2017 that have us energized for the…
health data transparency
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).