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About Kerry Dooley Young and Karen Blum

Kerry Dooley Young is an independent journalist and AHCJ's core topic leader on patient safety. Karen Blum is an independent journalist and AHCJ’s core topic leader on health IT.

New federal mandate should allow freer flow of medical information

OpenNotesPeter Elias, M.D., talking with a patient in a clinical visit. He shares his progress notes.

April 5 marked the official start of a federal mandate meant to allow consumers easier access to their medical records while also barring organizations from profiting by restricting access to this information.

The mandate states the eight types of clinical notes that must be shared, including:

  • Consultation notes
  • Discharge summary notes
  • History and physical information
  • Imaging narratives
  • Laboratory and pathology reports
  • Procedure and progress notes.

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