OpenNotes, AMDIS team up to get patients their health info

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The OpenNotes program is getting even more support from the healthcare industry, developing a partnership with the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems.

AMDIS comprises physicians in health IT who play leadership roles in advancing its use, and their role in enabling patients access to doctors’ notes and their health information is paramount, according to an announcement.  

“The partnership is an opportunity for us to support the AMDIS mission of improving healthcare through the use of information technology, by empowering patients with their own health information," William Bria, M.D., chairman of the board of AMDIS, said in the announcement.

OpenNotes founder Tom Delbanco, M.D., added that sharing notes with patients causes clinicians to think more transparently about the information they are providing.

However, while recent research shows the OpenNotes initiative has helped improve patient-doctor relationships and clarify misunderstandings, some concerns remain, as noted in an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In February, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives  (CHIME) formed a similar partnership with OpenNotes. That announcement was made as part of the Obama Administration's Precision Medicine Initiative Summit.

"[T]o be true partners in their care, patients must have access not only to their basic health records, but the notes clinicians make during appointments," CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell said in a statement.

To learn more:
- here's the announcement