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.
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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.
- 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
Counselor, Physician (non-psychiatrist), Psychiatrist, Psychologist
Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 1.0 hours
Program Start Date: January 16, 2020
Program End Date: March 1, 2021
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
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.
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
- Charlotte Blease, PhD, is currently a Keane Scholar at OpenNotes, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Blease reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- 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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