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by Cerner Corporation | Nancy Birschbach
Published on March 9, 2017

OpenNotes is a national movement that encourages patients and doctors to improve communication through shared clinicians' notes and fully transparent medical records. Today, more than 12 million patients have access to their doctor's notes. According to research by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, patients feel more in control of their care when they have access to the notes, thus becoming more active in their health.

Agnesian Health Care, is an integrated delivery network in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, has offered OpenNotes to its patients for more than a year with great success. Nancy Birschbach, VP and CIO at Agnesian, joined The Cerner Podcast to speak about the opportunities and challenges of opening notes to patients.

In Episode 11, Nancy answers these five questions:

  • Nancy, could you explain Agnesian's experience with opening doctors' notes to patients?
  • In comparison, where is the industry at with opening notes?
  • Which stakeholder group - patients, clinicians, administrators - are typically the strongest advocates for this functionality?
  • What are some of the opportunities and challenges associated with opening notes to patients?
  • From a technology perspective, what is your advice for provider organizations looking to open doctor notes and achieve strong results, as Agnesian did.

Listen to Nancy's full episode below, or click here to view all episodes of The Cerner Podcast!

Be Small, Be Bold

by Dr. Michelle Flemmings
October 17, 2018
The unique challenges of working at a small, rural hospital can be overcome by being bold in technology, services, partnerships and processes.

Smarter Care, ACO Strategies and Leveraging the Power of Digital Health | #CHC18 Day 5

by Cerner Corporation
October 11, 2018
The last full day of #CHC18 wrapped Wednesday evening with the annual Cerner Bash at Kansas City's Power & Light district. On Thursday, we had a half-day of education sessions covering topics from restructuring accountable care organization (ACO) strategies to transforming health care through digital innovation. Here are today's highlights.

Special Edition of The Cerner Podcast | Ep. 98: Thursday at #CHC18

by Cerner Corporation
October 11, 2018
In this special edition episode of The Cerner Podcast, we bring insights from the 2018 Cerner Health Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, where more than 12,000 attendees from across the country and the globe have come together to learn and network. Sit at the table with us as we have conversations with health care leaders, Cerner clients and industry influencers. We’ll be covering health IT trends and focusing on this year’s CHC theme of “Smarter Care.” In Thursday's episode, we hear from Michelle Rathman, rural health strategist and influencer. Since founding Impact! Communications in 1989, Michelle’s work has made her an invaluable voice among rural health advocates. We also welcome Emil Peters, president of Cerner Global. Emil shared how he's watched CHC evolve in his decade-spanning career with Cerner and talks about how the health care industry is changing – and how health care providers and IT organizations must change with it.

World Mental Health Day, Interoperability Advances, Rural Health Care Opportunities and More | #CHC18 Day 4

by Cerner Corporation
October 10, 2018
World Mental Health Day coincided with day four of #CHC18, giving us all a chance to reflect on how we can enhance mental health education, awareness and advocacy against stigma. Wednesday also kicked off with the final keynote that delved into the topics of the opioid crisis and the intersection of artificial intelligence and genome intelligence. With an array of power sessions, special interest group meetings and panels throughout the day, conference attendees had plenty of opportunities to learn, network and contribute to the push toward smarter care.