We have for many years allowed patients to not only read their chart, but make their own notes as well. This is core to the Planetree patient-centered philosophy of care.
"The Planetree philosophy stresses that one of the most valuable learning resources available was the patient’s own medical chart. Patients were encouraged to read their charts daily, ask questions and discuss findings, and participate in the decisions affecting their care. Patients were also encouraged to keep written records of their experiences and observations in Patient Progress Notes, which became a permanent part of their medical chart if they so desired."
by Susan Frampton, Ph.D. and Patrick Charmel
I am glad to know that this idea is finally gaining traction and hope that those who are afraid of this philosophy will rethink their position. I can assure Dr. Tom Delbanco, of Harvard Medical School, that once you open some daylight into patient's charts there is no going back.
Remember when Elaine needed to see her chart on Seinfeld: