Take note, patients prefer their doctors 'au naturel'

An 'open notes' system allows patients to self-manage their health and 'feel in control'

Open Notes is a bit of a phenomenon in US digital health.

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It began as an experiment involving 5500 patients and three GP clinics in 2010 and has now spread to 38 million patients attending 150 US healthcare organisations.

It’s not a bit of software. It’s a policy of getting GP clinics and hospitals to let patients see doctors’ clinical notes about them — unaltered, au naturel — via an online portal.

Despite starting with GPs, all specialties, even psychiatrists, are now getting involved.

Earlier this month, the largest study of Open Notes was

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