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78 Percent of Physicians “More Prepared” When Patients Enter EHR Notes Ahead of Appointments

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An OpenNotes study determined that allowing patients to type pre-visit agendas into their EHR system prior to seeing their doctor made their appointments more efficient and enhanced communication. The study involved 101 patients from Harborview Medical Center Adult Medicine Clinic in Seattle, WA, who typed in their pre-visit agendas. According to surveys conducted afterwards, doctors and patients agreed that the clinicians were better prepared if they read the electronic pre-agendas, the doctors better understood patient issues, the visit was prioritized better, the visit was more efficient, and both parties wanted to use the agendas in the future. A synopsis and link to the Annals of Family Medicine study can be found at HealthLeaders Media.