November 2023

Providence Tutorial Aims to Increase Shared Access for Care Partners

In recognition of National Caregivers Month, Providence has launched a new video designed to increase shared access to the patient portal. Through this video, patients and care partners can gain a clear understanding of the benefits of shared access as well as step-by-step instructions for granting shared access through Providence's instance of MyChart. Dr. Marianne Parshley, the video’s narrator, is a clinician at Providence who is also a care partner for her aging parents.


OpenNotes Recognized for

'Best Paper of the Year" 2023

Dr. Sigall Bell, Director of Patient Safety and Discovery at OpenNotes, was honored with the "Best Paper of the Year" award in the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Division of General Medicine. Her team's recent publication, Patient Identification of Diagnostic Safety Blindspots and Participation in “Good Catches” Through Shared Visit Notes, won in the category of Health Services, Policy, and Implementation Science. Over the past year, 333 papers were authored by Division Faculty. Papers selected for this honor were chosen by a committee of fellow BIDMC faculty members. Another OpenNotes paper, Perspectives of Patients About Immediate Access to Test Results Through an Online Patient Portal, was runner up in the same category.

Previous "Best Paper of the Year" Awardees at OpenNotes:

2021 Best Paper of the Year

Fernandez L, Fossa A, Zhiyong D, et al. Words Matter: What Do Patients Find Judgmental or Offensive in Outpatient Notes?. J Gen Intern Med (2021).

2019 Best Paper of the Year

DesRoches CM, Bell SK, Dong Z, Elmore JG, Fernandez L, Fitzgerald P. Liao JM, Payne TH, Delbanco T*, Walker J.* Patients managing medications and reading their visit notes: a survey of OpenNotes participants. Ann Intern Med. 2019; 171(1):69-71.

What We're Watching

In the second installation of the Medscape Masters series, Aaron Goodman, MD, a hematologist at UC San Diego, and Mark Lewis, MD, director of gastrointestinal oncology at Intermountain Healthcare in Utah, came together to debate the topic of patients’ immediate access to cancer test results.

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OpenNotes Welcomes New Research Assistant

Last month, Ria Shah, M.S., joined the OpenNotes team as our newest research assistant. Shah contributes to research initiatives such as OurNotes for Care Partners, EHR Proxy Access for Care Partners and more. She earned a B.A in Cellular and Molecular Biology and an M.S. in Biology from Boston University.

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What We're Writing: CAPC Clinical Care Blog

Tips for Helping Patients Navigate Immediately-Available Test Results

Six practical tips on anticipatory guidance for when test results are immediately released to your patients, per the Cures Act.

Elise C. Carey, MD, FAAHPM, FACP

Associate Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Liz Salmi

Communications & Patient Initiatives Director, OpenNotes

What We're Reading

Social Media Spotlight

We love seeing this kind of reflection and enthusiasm from clinicians!

"OpenNotes is here to stay, and as healthcare professionals, we have the chance to shape its impact. By embracing this movement, we can improve patient experience, build trust, and work together towards achieving better health outcomes."

-Nagendra Gupta, MD, FACP, CPE

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