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Sharing Clinical Notes with Patients: Benefits, Risks, and Challenges

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  • On Demand


Release Date: 1/16/2020

Expiration Date: 1/16/2023

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 1
  • Participation: 1
  • Psychologist CE: 1

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Overview

OpenNotes is an international effort where patients are given access to their medical records and clinical notes. Benefits of OpenNotes include increased patient engagement with care, adherence with medications, and satisfaction with care among many others. OpenNotes has been utilized in primary care, speciality care, and even mental health settings. Yet there is often more resistance in using OpenNotes for people with serious mental illness despite a lack of evidence for withholding it. This presentation introduces the concept of OpenNotes, explore the evidence in mental health and SMI, review how OpenNotes can be trialed today often using patient portals, and suggest tips for how to use sharing of electronic medical records to improve overall care.

Pricing

FREE - $0

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1H79SM080818-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 

Learning Objectives

  • List four benefits of OpenNotes for care of patients with SMI
  • Evaluate patients for interest and ability to benefit from OpenNotes
  • Describe how to share notes with patients, discuss the program with patients, and ensure your notes are readable by patients with SMI

Target Audience

Counselor, Physician (non-psychiatrist), Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Social Worker

Instructional Level

Introductory

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hours 
Program Start Date: January 16, 2020 
Program End Date: January 16, 2023

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, CE credit for psychologists, or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course, including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), CE certificate (psychologists), or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the completion date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit

Physicians

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists

The American Psychiatric Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The American Psychiatric Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

Instructor

  • Charlotte Blease, PhD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.  

Planners

  • Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Amy N. Cohen, PhD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • John Torous, MD, MBI, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Disclosure: Investigator-initiated research funding - Otsuka.

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Hardware/Software Requierments

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Optimal System Configuration

  • Browser: Firefox (latest version), Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 7.0+, Microsoft Edge (latest version) or Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+
  • Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.3+ 
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements

  • Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Macromedia Flash Player 10.3 or higher; Sound Card at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh:Mac OS X 10.4+ or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

For assistance: Contact educme@psych.org for questions about this course | Contact SMIadviserHelp@psych.org for technical assistance

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