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OpenNotes Expands Regional EHR Adoption

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, April 8, 2014

Kaiser Permanente Northwest is one of several healthcare providers participating in an effort to roll out open access to clinician notes as a standard of care throughout the Pacific Northwest.

A consortium of nine healthcare provider systems is targeting more than one million residents of Oregon and southwest Washington State in 2014 to provide open access to their physicians' notes in electronic medical records.

The announcement this week marks the first time that OpenNotes, a national movement that urges health-related organizations to adopt open access to clinician notes as a standard of care, has been embraced simultaneously throughout an entire region.  

Spurred by the efforts of the nonprofit, nonpartisan health advocacy organization, We Can Do Better, the healthcare providers that have committed to practicing open notes, are Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Legacy Health, Oregon Health & Science University, Providence Medical Group Oregon, The Portland Clinic, The Vancouver Clinic, Portland VA Medical Center, OCHIN and Salem Health.

Each of these groups is already practicing open notes in some form or intends to do so sometime in 2014 or 2015, the group says.

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