A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds patients with online access to their physician notes take advantage of that service.

Researchers studied primary care practices that offer access to notes via a secure portal at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa. The study included 105 participating physicians and 13,564 patients who had at least one completed note available during the study period. Ninety-two percent of participating patients at Geisinger opened at least one note; Beth Israel had a rate of 84 percent and Harborview followed with 47 percent.

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