In The News

February 22, 2017

Should physicians share their notes with patients?

There was a time when doctors were protective of the information they entered into a patient’s record. However, with the advent of electronic health records (EHR) and the desire by patients to have true transparency in healthcare, it’s much more common for physicians to share all notes, lab results and X-ray images to allow patients to be more involved in their own medical care.

In 2010, a study of 105 primary care physicians from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Geisinger and Harborview Medical Center, had doctors sharing their notes with approximately 20,000 patients for one year. By the conclusion of what was called the OpenNotes study, all of the physicians involved continued sharing notes. Read More...