Topic: OpenNotes Implementation in NY & How It Can Empower Older Patients;

Speakers: Ali Foti, Program Officer, New York Health Foundation; Deborah Wachenheim, Senior Project Manager, OpenNotes, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


The Federal 21st Century Cures Act makes it easier for patients to access their medical records by requiring health care clinicians to provide “open notes”. This is a system where patients can readily obtain information about their symptoms, conditions, plan of care and treatments.  It is important for older persons, family caregivers and professionals who work with them to understand what open notes are and how to help older persons utilize them effectively.

In this Teach In you will learn about:

  • What is an “open note” and how do they fit into existing Electronic Health Records.
  • What is the 21st Century Cures Act and what types of notes are health care providers required to share with patients under the Act.
  • How improved access to these records can help empower patients to take more control of their health care.
  • How OpenNotes can help patients spot and correct errors in their clinical records.
  • Questions to ask your health care provider about OpenNotes so that you can access it.
  • Steps for patients or their family members or representatives to access their Electronic Health Records to see clinical notes and test results.



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