Boston, MA – Patient engagement has been a common theme in our trend reports. There is an increasing want from consumers to obtain their health records. The OpenNotes Project has the potential to add to that engagement in a huge way and has just received new joint backing from Cambria Health Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Peterson Center on Healthcare, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. If you aren’t familiar the project is based around the simple goal to enable patients to see their doctors’ visit notes. This is done by opening up access to EHR data. There have been several trials involving OpenNotes and, “the research shows increasingly that patients can benefit greatly from reading the notes taken during a medical visit. They tell us they feel more in control of their care and are more likely to follow up on recommendations,” said Jan Walkeheatr, RN, MBA, co-founder of OpenNotes and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and BIDMC. This powerful new tool boasts that 99 percent of patients wanted to continue with open access after the study ended.