Take Note of OpenNotes

The OpenNotes project is an initiative that is working to give patients access to the notes that doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers write after a clinical appointment or discussion. OpenNotes can help improve communication between patients and providers, help increase understanding of medical issues, encourage patients to take a more active role in making health care decisions and help them better manage their health. OpenNotes also helps patients share notes with their caregivers. While not all institutions offer online access to visit notes yet, ask your provider for a copy of your typed or hand-written notes. And, you can encourage clinicians and health institutions around the country to make OpenNotes a routine part of health care