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.


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