MedPage Today August 28, 2021
— The pitfalls of healthcare transparency
In April, the federal government mandated that healthcare providers provide free electronic access to patients’ clinical notes, as part of the 21st Century Cures Act. This includes eight types of notes spanning outpatient and inpatient arenas. If providers/organizations do not comply with this mandate, they will be subject to fines due to “information blocking.”
This was born out of the “Open Notes” movement — which declares itself to promote and study transparent communication in healthcare by sharing notes with clinicians and patients. The hypothesis is that with increased patient access to notes, quality and safety of care will improve.
The Open Notes movement suggests that patients reading their own notes will “add a second...