Hospital Joins OpenNotes to Enable Full Record Access

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Mount Sinai Health System in New York has joined the OpenNotes movement, which allows patients electronic access to their provider’s notes in their medical records, according to a press release from OpenNots. The OpenNotes initiative, which started with 20,000 patients in 2010, now includes more than 5 million patients. Its goal is to expand to 50 million patients within three years, the release noted.

Patients at Mount Sinai’s East 102nd Street and East 85th Street Primary Care Associates of the Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice offices are participating. Portal users can now read details of their office visit from their personal computer, tablet, or smart phone.

Four Mount Sinai physicians in various clinical practices conducted the initial OpenNotes pilot beginning in December 2015. Patients who participated in this effort reported satisfaction with their ability to access more in depth medical records and reported feeling more connected and involved in their healthcare. Patients noted the information provided a better timeline of care, history of treatments, and thorough explanation of office visits.

“Patients expect and deserve to have full access to their medical records and the Mount Sinai Health System is committed to meeting this expectation,” said Jeremy Boal, MD, chief medical officer of Mount Sinai Health System.

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