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YNHHS launches “open notes” in patient medical records 

Clinicians’ notes are now available to patients via MyChart as part of a new federal law designed to enhance transparency, engage patients and improve communication between patients, caregivers and clinicians. 

Previously, patients could access after-visit summaries via MyChart, along with many test results and certain other pieces of information. Under the new law, called the 21st Century Cures Act, clinicians must also share the notes they make for consultation, medical history and physicals; imaging, laboratory and pathology report narratives; and procedure and progress notes. The new law does not require physicians to share certain other notes, including some related to psychotherapy.

YNHHS has shared information about the new requirements with clinicians. Additional information, including frequently asked questions, is available from the Epic Hyperspace page and YNHHS Medical Staff Portal.