Are docs ready to share their clinical notes?

A recent study found that sharing clinical notes electronically benefits both patients and physicians. But in a recent commentary for FierceHealthIT, Editor-in-Chief Gienna Shaw asks the valid question: Are docs really ready to open up their notes? "The topic generates a lot of strong feelings, a lot of emotions--and that happens on both sides of the examination table," Risa Lavizzio-Mourey, M.D., President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation said at an event in Washington, D.C., to discuss results of a year-long open notes pilot (available on video). "I have to admit, when I first heard about this, I was a skeptic, like most physicians," Lavizzio-Mourey said. Physicians are concerned that sharing notes with patients would be yet another burden on their time and that it could confuse or concern patients if they see something in the notes they don't understand. And they worry that with patients looking over their shoulder, they might be tempted to censor what they write. --Read the full commentary from FierceHealthIT

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