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OpenNotes Gives Patients Access to Doctor Notes

Cedars-Sinai launched OpenNotes on Nov. 6. The communications tool allows patients to easily view their physicians' outpatient visit notes through our online patient portal, My CS-Link™.

Research at other institutions has shown that patients who use OpenNotes reported that they were better prepared for visits and better understood their health conditions and treatment plans. All participating doctors chose to keep their notes open after the study ended. Learn more about the OpenNotes study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

"We tend to give patients a lot of information in a short period of time," said Richard V. Riggs, MD, vice president and chief medical information officer. "This program allows them to review the actual instructions and discussion from the office visit and also share them with other providers who may not be in the same network."

The majority of physicians who used OpenNotes in a Cedars-Sinai pilot found the program valuable and reported that it didn't hinder their ability to practice medicine. It's been implemented at a number of health systems, including the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Geisinger Health System. Organizations that have implemented this program have reported positive effects on patient engagement.

"OpenNotes is just one example of how our patients, as consumers, are looking to be engaged in their care and play a greater role in the health care choices they make," said John E. Jenrette, MD, executive vice president of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Network. "It supports our efforts in team-based care and keeping the patient at the center of everything we do."

OpenNotes is a voluntary program, and it includes a way to block information you do not wish to share with patients. It exists only within the outpatient context, and notes will automatically be hidden if written by a provider whose specialty is psychiatry or psychology or in an outpatient department whose specialty is psychiatry or psychology. And people granted proxy access for adults (e.g., a spouse) will not be able to see notes.

For more information, please visit the Service Center site or watch this video to hear more about the pilot project from Cedars-Sinai physicians and patients.