NewYork Quality Care Receives Grant to Roll Out OpenNotes to 30,000+ Patients

Accountable Care Organization Patients Offered Access to Their Physician Notes for Greater Understanding and Transparency of Medical Records

May 18, 2017

New York

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Some 30,000 patients enrolled in NewYork Quality Care, the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) of NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medicine, will now be able to view their physician’s appointment notes in order to better understand their care. The initiative, called OpenNotes, is funded in part by a grant from the New York State Health Foundation.

“We believe in providing high quality care with transparency for our patients,” said Dr. Paul Casale, executive director of NewYork Quality Care. “With this grant from the New York State Health Foundation, we will be able to roll out OpenNotes for patients, which will empower them to take greater control over their care.”

OpenNotes began in 2010 as a project to understand the effects of increasing transparency and availability of personal health information to patients. Through the initiative, patients sign up to receive electronic links with their doctor’s notes about their visit, which they can access online. According to a multicenter study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2012, patients frequently accessed their doctors’ notes, and virtually all were in favor of continuing the program.

Since then, the program has expanded to patients across the country, with numerous publications in medical journals supporting the effort. NewYork Quality Care’s rollout includes an option for patients to have their notes sent to them through traditional mail, in addition to having electronic access.

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