Thursday, September 2, 2010

Doctors Notes At Your Disposal; Know What Your Physician Is Entering In Your Records

How much would you like to read what your primary doctor is entering on your chart?

In an effort to improve and expand dialogue between doctor and patient, 3 hospitals are participating in a trial called OpenNotes project.

With a click of a mouse, patients can retrieve notes, eliminating the often-laborious efforts currently in place.

Participants and physicians will be asked after the 1-year trial how they like the system.

It is hoped that patients will become more involved in their own care.

What do you think?


hucknjim said...

I think this is a wonderful idea, as long as the communication is absolutely secure. I just hope I don't have to try to decipher the doc's handwriting. That's hard enough to do when I'm entering orders at work when most of the orders become familiar over time. Reading unfamiliar words in the doctor's notes is nearly impossible.

Ms. 50something said...

Agreed. I hadn't thought about doc's handwriting. It makes me wonder how many misdiagnoses there are based on the handwriting being misinterpreted. At least this method gives us a chance at asking the doc to clarify. Thanks for your input. Sue

Diane J Standiford said...

I think it is about time!