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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Can Patients Handle The Truth? Getting Access To Doctors’ Notes

The last time you were at the doctor’s office, and your physician scribbled or typed something into your chart, did you wonder what it said? If so, you’re in the majority: according to a new survey, more than 90% of patients said they would want to know.
Not surprisingly, most doctors were less than willing to share. In the OpenNotes trial, conducted at three primary care practices in Boston, Seattle and rural Pennsylvania, 254 physicians were asked whether they would be willing to make their office visit notes freely available to patients in their electronic health records for one year: 114 agreed, and 140 declined.


Anonymous said...

Remember the Seinfeld episode where Elaine couldn't find a doctor because they all wrote in their notes that she was a "difficult patient"??? That is probably what most notes say! LOL

Anonymous said...

It's not nuclear secrets. Everyone & their dog has access, yet you "can't" see your own chart. Any passer-by employee in any healthcare setup has access.

Anonymous said...

Any passer-by employee in any healthcare setup has access.

December 21, 2011 8:51 AM

Not legally.