AMDIS Announces Partnership to Increase Transparency

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The Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) and OpenNotes have announced a partnership to advance transparency in healthcare and enhance patient and clinician communication by inviting patients to read and engage with the contents of their medical records, according to a press release from OpenNotes.

OpenNotes is a national movement that invites patients, families and clinicians to come together and improve communication through shared clinicians’ notes and fully transparent medical records, the press release notes. The movement is led by clinicians and researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Cambia Health Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Peterson Center on Healthcare, the press release notes.

“Our partnership with OpenNotes is an opportunity for us to support the AMDIS mission of improving health care through the use of information technology, by empowering patients with their own health information,” said William Bria, MD, chairman of the Board of AMDIS.

Founded in 1997, AMDIS is committed to advancing the field of medical informatics and improving the practice of medicine. Its members are physician leaders in health care information technology.

“These are doctors who are extremely savvy about technology and play a leadership role in advancing the use of technology,” said Homer Chin, MD, who leads efforts to integrate health information technology further with OpenNotes. “While OpenNotes isn’t a technology itself, notes are most easily shared using existing electronic health record (EHR) platforms. This partnership allows these doctors to continue to use their knowledge to do the right thing for patients. We share the goal of getting patients, and often their families, literally ‘on the same page’ with their doctors.”

New research suggests that having a second set of eyes on the record may also be an important way to improve patient safety. And record sharing using OpenNotes may play a vital role in helping care partners, from pediatrics through geriatrics, make better, more informed decisions about their loved ones’ care, according to the press release.

In 2010 BIDMC, Harborview Medical Center, and Geisinger Health System launched a research and evaluation study examining the impact of inviting patients to read clinician notes using secure, online patient portals. At the end of a year, patients who read their notes, reported feeling more in control of their care and having better recall, knowledge, and understanding of their medical conditions. In addition, 85% of patients said that access to their notes would positively influence their choice of health care providers. The study began with 20,000 patients. And the number of patients who now have ready access to their EHR notes has expanded to more than eight million nationwide.

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