Book Chapter on OpenNotes for Older Patients

So happy that my book chapter is now in print! Thanks to the John A. Hartford Foundation and Terry Fuller, the book’s indefatigable editor for shepherding this project to completion over the past year. Even more importantly, thanks to my lovely wife Esther Langmack for her many (many) red-inked editorial ‘suggestions’ which turned my tortured writing into something worth reading.

It is a beautiful, thoughtful book, with contributions by important people, like Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the former Assistant Secretary for Health. And then, I also contributed. 🙂

The book discusses all aspects of care of older patients. I delve into the research and practical literature around Electronic health records, specifically online patient portals, and how our older patients have used it effectively. Moreover, healthcare organizations that have adopted online communications, Open Test Results and OpenNotes have increased value to older patients and their families by making more patient information transparent and shareable, and improving medical care overall. Online access and online care is not just for healthy millennial patients anymore.

CMIO’s take? Hooray, recognition that the internet revolution is finally making a dent in healthcare, including for older patients. Thanks to all my research and clinical colleagues for terrific work, insights and friendships.


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