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Foundation looks to help hospitals boost patient access to medical records

The New York State Health Foundation is accepting requests for proposals through 1 p.m. Thursday from hospitals interested in signing on to OpenNotes, a national movement to give patients access to their own visit notes written by their doctors, nurses or other clinicians.

Established in 2010 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, OpenNotes gives patients and their caregivers access to the clinical notes written by health care providers. When patients have such access, they better remember what was discussed during the visit and are more likely to take medications as prescribed and follow the recommended treatment plan.

The Foundation will award grants of up to $100,000 to up to 10 hospitals in New York State interested in implementing OpenNotes at their facilities.

Those interested in applying can visit nyshealthfoundation.org for more information.

Proposals must be completed and submitted through the online application system at bit.ly/2pPwxOQ. Questions should be emailed to OpenNotesRFP@NYSHealth.org; technical questions to grantsmanagement@NYSHealth.org.

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