OpenNotes and AMIA join forces to improve patient access to health records

Frank
October 19, 2018
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A new collaboration between OpenNotes and the American Medical Informatics Association is aimed at giving patients better access to their provider’s clinical notes.

The joint effort was announced during this year’s AMIA Annual Symposium, which runs from November 4-8.

Started in 2010, OpenNotes is an initiative committed to spreading the availability of patient visit notes. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, AMIA is a nonprofit organization that aids informatics professionals.

By joining together, the organizations plan to build on a vision that patients and their families should have access to and control over their health information.

Numerous AMIA member organizations already take part in OpenNotes.

“AMIA’s commitment to involving patients, families and caregivers in work to improve healthcare is terrific,” OpenNotes Executive Director Catherine DesRoches said in a news release. “We look forward to working even more closely with an organization that believes health record transparency is a remarkably powerful way to effect change.”

AMIA President and CEO Douglas Fridsma also praised the collaboration.

“As evidenced by the more than 50 sessions focused on consumer and personal health informatics at AMIA’s 2017 Annual Symposium, it is clear this is the direction the industry will be heading,” he said, according to the release. “We’re proud to work alongside OpenNotes to put our principles into practice, and we look forward to finding innovative ways to advance this important movement.”

AMIA is also doing other work around health data — but in a different way. Recently, it joined the Integrated Health Model Initiative, a collaborative founded by the American Medical Association. The goal is to bring the healthcare and technology sectors together around a shared data model, giving physicians the chance to collect and analyze patient data.

Currently, the Boston, Massachusetts-based OpenNotes initiative reaches more than 19 million patients. The project received the Data Liberator award at Health Datapalooza this spring.

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Frank’s source: https://medcitynews.com/2017/11/opennotes-amia/

 

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