Someone did a study that allowed patients to see their doctor's notes. The sky did not fall.
What is missing from the write-up is impacts on health outcomes. The other thing that is missing is a cost-benefit analysis.
There are also external validity issues. I don't know about the other two study sites, but Harborview is Seattle is a high end medical center. Things might be different at, say, an urban hospitial serving a lot of Medicaid patients.
More broadly, the study is one more reminder of the astounding backwardness of medical IT.
Who was my favorite student this term?
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