Have you ever read what your physicians and nurses have written in your medical chart? If not, would you want to?
For the next few posts, we'll explore the OpenNotes project in the context of Healthy Survivorship.
The OpenNotes Project is a recently launched observational research study that involves 100 primary care doctors and about 25,000 patients. Lead author Dr. Tom Delbacoa, a primary care physician at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, poses the research question succinctly: “After a year, will the patients and doctors still want to continue sharing notes?”
In the study, patients are connected to their doctors via email and invited to view their doctors’ notes after each visit and again before the subsequent visit.
These patients are registered portal users and already take advantage of Internet access to their lab test results that their physicians make available online. What is new is this: For the first time, these patients will have access to their chart notes online. They will be able to read what their physicians have recorded, such as their physicians'
- Findings on physical examination
- Interpretation of such findings
- Conclusions about a patient's current condition
- Thoughts about future evaluation of the patient's condition
- Prognosis for the patient
In my next post, we'll look at the forces in modern medicine that led to this study.