Cleveland Clinic boosts patient EMR access

Patients at the Cleveland Clinic now have enhanced online access to their electronic medical records, thanks to a decision by the hospital to increase transparency via its patient portal. According to an announcement from the hospital, patients "will be able to view online nearly everything their doctor sees in their EMR," including pathology records, X-ray reports and physician notes, among other things.

"We have to approach this change carefully and thoughtfully with the input of all involved in order to be sure that patients receive the appropriate, physician-guided education that will ensure they will fully understand the information they will see," Cleveland Clinic CIO C. Martin Harris said in a statement. "By enhancing the connection between our patients and their clinicians, we will create new opportunities to use information to more fully engage our patients as active partners in their health and the decisions they make related to the care they receive." Announcement