US Experience with Doctors and Patients Sharing Clinical Notes

Posted: 29 Sep 2015

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Jan Walker

Harvard University - Harvard Medical School

Michael Meltsner

Northeastern University - School of Law

Tom Delbanco

Harvard University - Harvard Medical School

Date Written: February 10, 2015

Abstract

For decades clinicians have experimented with making medical records available to patients. Now electronic medical records and associated secure internet portals provide patients the opportunity to view test results, medications, and other selected parts of the medical record on line. But few patients are offered full access to their records; clinicians' notes are rarely visible. After a demonstration project showed the acceptability of OpenNotes in the U.S., several prominent healthcare providers decided to make clinicians' notes available to patients online before further formal evaluation. The authors describe the OpenNotes movement in the U.S. and how sharing notes with patients is spreading. The authors also underline the case for research to assess the long term effect of sharing notes and the potential to foster improved and truly collaborative care.

Suggested Citation

Walker, Jan and Meltsner, Michael and Delbanco, Tom, US Experience with Doctors and Patients Sharing Clinical Notes (February 10, 2015). BMJ 2015; 350:g7785 (2015); Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 241-2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2665835

Jan Walker (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Harvard Medical School ( email )

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Michael Meltsner

Northeastern University - School of Law ( email )

416 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States

Tom Delbanco

Harvard University - Harvard Medical School ( email )

25 Shattuck St
Boston, MA 02115
United States

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