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Medical News & Perspectives
June 21, 2016

Patient Access to Physician Notes Is Gaining Momentum

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JAMA. 2016;315(23):2510-2511. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.5575

Family physician Richard Martin, MD, sees many patients with chronic conditions. Among them is a man in his 80s who arrives prepped by Martin’s notes from his last visit. Martin was one of the first physicians at Geisinger Health System, headquartered in Danville, Pennsylvania, to volunteer in 2010 for an OpenNotes pilot program making physician notes readily available through a secure online portal. Sharing medical notes, he said, appears to engage his patients and refreshes their memory of office conversations.