What happens when doctors share their visit notes with patients?



Recently, the SFCCC Board of Director’s Quality Improvement Committee discussed likely benefits, as well as potential challenges, of sharing with patients, summaries of their visits or actual visit notes, summaries of, or even the patient’s entire medical record. The discussion was triggered by a discussion of NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home Must Pass Element 3C: Care Management, which includes factors such as:
  1. Gives the patient/family a written plan of care
  1. Gives the patient/family a clinical summary at each relevant visit

As it happens, this will be the topic of a National eHealth Collaborative's NeHC University webinar tomorrow. Data on expectations showed that participating providers and patients, on the whole looked favorably on the process, while non-participating providers had less favorable view. The discussion tomorrow, which will review these results and other findings, looks to be very interesting:

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 2 p.m. EDT, National eHealth Collaborative's NeHC University will continue its series on consumer engagement with health IT by asking the question: What happens when doctors share their visit notes with patients? This program will provide an update on the groundbreaking OpenNotes project that has been studying the effects of opening up doctors’ notes to their patients to determine how it can improve the patient-physician relationship and encourage consumer engagement in managing health. The expectations and initial data from the study were released in the December 2011 Annals of Internal Medicine with some interesting revelations. This program will discuss more findings from the project, including its implications for the practice of medicine, physician-patient communications, and patient empowerment.