Sharing electronic health record notes with patients is a practice being embraced nationwide by providers as a way to improve physician-patient communication and foster greater transparency.

However, EHR notes written by physicians are full of medical terminology and technical language, making them difficult for patients to understand. Complicating matters is the fact that the average American has a reading level between the seventh and eighth grade, while more than a third of the U.S. population have basic or below basic health literacy.

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