VUMC pilots OpenNotes: 4 things to know

Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center rolled out a pilot at select facilities this month of OpenNotes, an international movement that aims to encourage providers to share clinical notes with patients.  

Four things to know:

1. During October, patients at Vanderbilt Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic and the Liver Transplant Clinic were given full access to their clinicians' EHR notes.

2. More than 40 million patients in the U.S. have access to their clinical notes through OpenNotes.

3. To access clinicians' notes, patients must log into VUMC's patient portal My Health at Vanderbilt, which contains information including health history, medications and lab results.

4. The pilot currently grants access to approximately 26,000 VUMC patients, and the health system plans to implement the initiative system wide.

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