New Big Kid On The Block: VA Joins OpenNotes As A Partner. Tipping Point?

Susan S. Woods | Shared Health Data | June 5, 2013

Today the MyOpenNotes website announced the Veterans Health Administration joining the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative as a partner. Providers partners – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Geisinger Health System, MD Anderson Cancer Center – are fully committed to give patients online access to clinical notes.

The VA’s more than 1 million authenticated users of My HealtheVet personal health record can use Blue Button ‘Download My Data’ to view, download or print all clinical notes in their health record, plus get test and imaging results. Plus a Continuity of Care Document summary of their health information. Does it include specialist notes? Yes! Mental health notes? Yes! Emergency room notes? Hospital discharge notes? Yes, yes and yes! How cool is that?