OpenNotes Launches in Rochester

Rochester Regional Health and UR Medicine collaborating to bring note-sharing movement to the region

Jan. 14, 2019 3   min read

Patients throughout our region are getting fast, secure online access to the office-visit notes written by their healthcare providers, thanks to a collaborative initiative between UR Medicine and Rochester Regional Health.

Both health systems will share visit notes with their patients, bringing the national OpenNotes movement to the region. Research shows patients achieve better health outcomes when they have access to visit-note sharing by helping them recall the details of individual visits.

Beginning this month at Rochester Regional Health, the majority of visit notes will be shared by primary care practices. Certain specialty practices will also have note-sharing capabilities. 

“Rochester Regional Health began the OpenNotes project two years ago as a way to enhance patient engagement, strengthen relationships with patients and enable patients to better understand their treatment goals—especially for patients with complex medical issues,” said Bridgette A. Wiefling, MD, Senior Vice President, Primary Care and Ambulatory Specialty Institute, Rochester Regional Health. ”When patients are full partners in their care, everybody wins.”

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