Giving hospitalized patients access to their electronic health records during hospitalization increases provider workloads, but not as much as anticipated.

That is the finding of a hospital-based study conducted at the University of Colorado in which 50 patients were provided with tablets during their hospital stays and were able to view their EHRs via a patient portal. The results of the study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, show that enabling patients to view their EHRs did not create additional work for doctors or nurses.

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