Open Notes has the goal to “put patients and clinicians on the same page”. “Being on the same page” is a popular term and this tool tries to achieve this…. literally. In my opinion this project also makes providers think carefully about who is the “expert” in this relationship.
Taken right from their website their goal is to…
As a healthcare professional, you may build better relationships with your patients and take better care of them when you share your visit notes.
OpenNotes is a national initiative working to give patients access to the visit notes written by their doctors, nurses, or other clinicians.
They have mounting evidence to support that healthcare professionals giving access to doctors notes improves outcomes.
I think this may have some merit as it gives an opportunity to continue the session or visit beyond the 15, 30, 60 minute zone you have. From the therapy perspective, one could be clear about tasks, goals of sessions ,and homework associated. From the case management perspective sharing information between providers and discharge instructions could be made easier.
Would love to hear thoughts from social workers and other (mental) healthcare providers on this project. This is great example of technology changing the provider and consumer relationship. For even more info also watch this powerful video about the benefits of this…
P.S Have to thank Regina Holliday for the intro a while back.