New Efforts to Make Doctors' Notes Easily Accessible to Patients
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By law, most patients have the right to access their medical records. But obtaining them can be time-consuming and expensive. A growing number of health advocates are pushing to give patients easy electronic access to physicians’ notes. They argue this improves patient care by aiding communication and reducing misunderstandings. About a dozen medical systems, including the Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente Northwest, allow patients easy access to these records. But some doctors worry this could cause greater confusion and harm. In the next hour, Diane and a panel of guests discuss the pros and cons of making physicians’ notes easily accessible to patients.
professor of general medicine and primary care, Harvard Medical School
associate director of health reform policy, Consumer Reports
director, Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center
chief medical information officer, Kaiser Permanente Northwest
Watch as patients and doctors describe their experience with Open Notes, an initiative to give patients online access to visit notes from their doctors and nurses. The study included more than 100 doctors from across the U.S.