The 21st Century Cures Act and Emergency Medicine – Part 1: Digitally Sharing Notes and Results

Nicholas Genes, Bruce Darrow, Mahima Vijayaraghavan, Donald W. Rucker

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Abstract

Among the provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act is the mandate for digital sharing of clinician notes and test results through the patient portal of the clinician's electronic health record system. Although there is considerable evidence of the benefit to clinic patients from open notes and minimal apparent additional burden to primary care clinicians, emergency department (ED) note sharing has not been studied. With easier access to notes and results, ED patients may have an enhanced understanding of their visit, findings, and clinician's medical decisionmaking, which may improve adherence to recommendations. Patients may also seek clarifications and request edits to their notes. EDs can develop workflows to address patient concerns without placing new undue burden on clinicians, helping to realize the benefits of sharing notes and test results digitally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-12
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Emergency Medicine
Volume79
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

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