Are Your Doctor’s Notes OpenNotes?

Ever wondered what’s in your medical record? If you have access to OpenNotes, you won’t have to wonder anymore.

Pat Salber (@docweighsin) chats with Tom Delbanco MD, the founder of OpenNotes, at the 2015 Stanford MedX conference.

The OpenNotes folks believe that being able to read and discuss your visit notes with your doctor or family member may help you take better control of your health and health care. Further, since we know that patients often don’t fully understand what happened during a visit or can’t remember crucial details, like diagnosis, prognosis or treatment (especially if the clinical condition at issue was complicated or scary), having access to their Notes and sharing them with family members or caregivers, may be very helpful in mitigating that problem.

The OpenNotes team also says that there are important benefits for clinicians because sharing visit notes may help them to establish better relationships and provide better care.

The success of these early experiments with OpenNotes has spawned a movement to enable patients to easily read notes written about their care, and to bring more transparency to medical records. Already more than 5 million people have access to their clinicians notes through OpenNotes.

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