San Diego A Hotbed For Movement Championing Patients’ Rights To See What Doctors Write About During Visit
As technology advances, doctors' scribbles during a patient's visit are as well. This has led to a push for patients to actually be able to see what those notes are. Hospitals in San Diego are at the forefront of the movement.
The San Diego Union-Tribune:
What's Your Doctor Writing About Your Visit?
Earlier this month, UC San Diego announced that doctor notes will be automatically published to its online patient portal for about 30 percent of its patients in primary care, internal medicine, family medicine, urology, hematology and oncology. Others are even further along. Scripps Health started automatically adding notes for patients seen at Scripps Green Hospital in Torrey Pines and for its main medical groups in April 2017. Kaiser Permanente began making most doctor notes available through its information portal for most specialties in October 2017, and Rady Children’s Hospital went live for its medical center and main affiliated medical group on March 4. But veterans have everybody beat. According to Cynthia Butler of VA San Diego Healthcare System the HealtheVet system available to all veterans has made notes available since January of 2013. (Sisson, 7/9)
In other hospital news —
Ventura County Star:
Community Memorial Hospital Contractor Takes Blame For Delays
The contractor building the new Community Memorial Hospital said he pays a $10,000 daily penalty because of repeated delays in a project once expected to open three years ago. General contractor Fred Kummer, owner of HBE Corp. in St. Louis, said he will finish the 250-bed project in Ventura and turn it over to Community Memorial on Aug. 17, triggering a training, stocking and regulatory approval process expected to take four months. Hospital leaders project the new tower will open to the public by the end of the year. When groundbreaking was held seven years ago, leaders predicted the project would be completed by March 2015. (Kisken, 7/9)