R. Hal Baker, MD
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Baker R.; Open Notes: Sharing Physician Notes With Patients. Ann Intern Med. 2010;153:690. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-153-10-201011160-00022
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2010;153(10):690.
TO THE EDITOR:
I read with great interest Delbanco and colleagues' article (1) on sharing doctors' notes electronically with patients. In April 2007, the office in which I practice went live with our electronic health record, and we realized that writing outpatient instructions no longer made sense. For years, many of us had dictated notes in front of patients. So, at the noon meeting on the day we went live, we decided to give patients a copy of their notes at discharge, even though the notes contained a great deal more information than just instructions.
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