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Innovators | Health care

Doctor’s notes, demystified

Tom Delbanco and Jan Walker, OpenNotes

What is the doctor scribbling down in the chart? Many patients have probably wished they could sneak a peak into their medical records.

Being able to do so is like a proverbial shot in the arm, said physician Tom Delbanco and Jan Walker, founders of OpenNotes at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “Patients feel more in control of their care and understand their health issues better when they are able to read the notes doctors write after their visits,” said Walker.

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