OpenNotes announces advisory board to guide growth in patient engagement efforts

The patient engagement initiative hopes to draw on the group's expertise as it expands access to EHR data to 50 million patients in the next three years.
By Mike Miliard
11:33 AM
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Open Notes co-founder Tom Delbanco, MD

OpenNotes has enlisted 10 experts from across the healthcare industry to serve as founding members of the OpenNotes Advisory Board.

These professional advocates for patient engagement and experts in quality improvement are meant to help OpenNotes continue its nationwide growth as it convinces more physicians and other health care providers to share their clinical notes with patients.

"What these individuals have already achieved is very impressive, and we have no doubt they'll be invaluable guides for us as OpenNotes expands," said Open Notes co-founder Tom Delbanco, MD, in a statement. "Their thoughts and ideas will be enormously important in helping us achieve our goal of spreading OpenNotes access to 50 million patients over the next three years."

[Also: OpenNotes hits 10 million patient milestone]

The founding members of the OpenNotes Advisory Board:

  • Lisa Cooper, MD, the Fries Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Medical School and head of its Center for Population Health and Health Disparities.
  • Dave deBronkart, known as "e-Patient Dave," a cancer survivor and leading advocate for patient engagement.
  • James Guest, former President and CEO of Consumer Reports.
  • John Halamka, MD, Harvard Medical School professor and chief information officer of the Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess System.
  • Susan R. Mende, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a specialist in healthcare delivery system reform.
  • Jeffrey Rayport, a Harvard Business School professor who specializes in applications of digital, social, and mobile media.
  • Elaine Ryan, vice president for governmental affairs at AARP.
  • Jill Shah, founder and former CEO of Jill's List, an online network of patients, practitioners and other healthcare stakeholders.
  • Kate Walsh, president and CEO of Boston Medical Center, a specialist the needs of the underserved.
  • Mark Wietecha, president and CEO of the Children's Hospital Association, which represents more than 200 children's hospitals and major pediatric programs.

"This is an outstanding group of innovators," said OpenNotes Executive Director Cait DesRoches. "They have decades of experience in patient care, health information technology, and advocating for the most vulnerable."

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