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Pilot program to let patients add to doctors’ notes




Medical Economics reports that five primary-care facilities will try a program that lets patients view and add to their physicians’ visit notes in electronic health records.

A $450,000 grant from the Commonwealth Fund is helping to develop  the OurNotes platform — which extends the OpenNotes program giving patients greater access to their EHR’s.

The places involved in the new program are Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), in Boston, Geisinger Health System, in Danville, Pa., Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Group Health Cooperative, in Seattle, and Mosaic Life Care, in St. Joseph, Mo.

“This is really building for the future. We envision the potential capability of OurNotes to range from allowing patients to, for example, add a list of topics or questions they’d like to cover during an upcoming visit, creating efficiency in that visit, to inviting patient to review and sign off on notes after a visit as way to ensure that patients and clinicians are on the same page,” the  principal investigator, Jan Walker, RN, MBA, of the division of general medicine and primary care at BIDMC and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, told Medical Economics.

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