Starting Wednesday Oct. 28, NOAH patients will have access to their progress notes in the patient portal, MyChart. This change is happening nationwide when all providers are required to have notes fully accessible to patients. We’ve got some Frequently Asked Questions here and will ensure your other questions get answered before Oct. 28.
What is the 21st Century Cures Act?
The 21st Century Cures Act passed in 2016 requires patients to have access to all health information in electronic medical records. This includes notes that providers, schedulers, care coordinators, and other NOAH team members enter into a patient’s notes in Epic/MyChart.
Even though HIPAA already allows patients to review medical records, this new ruling gives them access rapidly, conveniently, and securely.
Why is this change happening?
Providing open access to electronic notes to patients gives them a greater sense of control over their care and a better understanding of their conditions, without creating extra work for providers.
Where providing access to notes is already the norm, research shows most patients found the notes helpful for both patients and their caregivers in remembering important information. Most patients also felt they better understood their medication and why it was prescribed, and these patients had higher rates of medication adherence.
What notes will be shared?
There are 8 types of notes that will be shared:
- Progress Notes
- History and Physical
- Discharge Summary Notes
- Consultation Notes
- Procedure Notes
- Laboratory Report Narratives
- Pathology Report Narratives
- Imaging Notes
These include telehealth, telephone and in-person encounters and conversations, including telephone encounters that staff members other an a provider may enter into the chart.
NOAH already releases many if not most outpatient lab results, plain film X-ray and ultrasound results immediately to patients. We do delay release of some results to allow our providers an opportunity to review prior to the patients. After October 28th, this will no longer be possible with very few exceptions.
Whose notes will be share?
Anyone who interacts with patients and their MyChart records will now have their notes shared with patients. This includes: