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March 20, 2017

Upcoming NYSHealth Funding Opportunity: Spreading OpenNotes in New York State

The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is pleased to announce an upcoming Request for Proposals (RFP) to support hospitals in New York State in adopting OpenNotes.

OpenNotes is a national movement to give patients access to their own visit notes written by their doctors, nurses, or other clinicians. Established in 2010 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, OpenNotes spurs real patient engagement by giving patients and their caregivers access to the clinical notes written by health care providers. When patients have such access, they better remember what was discussed during the visit and are more likely to take medications as prescribed and follow the recommended treatment plan. Studies show that OpenNotes’ enhances patient care without burdening physicians.

Nationally, 62 hospital and health care providers across 36 states currently use OpenNotes. However, uptake in New York State has been slow. Only five hospital systems in the State have implemented OpenNotes or another type of shared notes program.

In an effort to spread the use of OpenNotes to hospitals throughout the State, NYSHealth will issue an RFP on April 24, 2017. Proposals will be due on June 8, 2017.

This RFP will be open to any hospital in New York State interested in implementing OpenNotes. Through this RFP, awards of $100,000 will be granted to up to 10 hospitals. Proposals from hospitals that include the following criteria will be the most competitive during the review process: serve vulnerable populations, reach large numbers of patients through an OpenNotes implementation, demonstrate creative ways to deliver notes to patients, and are geographically diverse.

To learn more about the RFP and receive a notice when it opens, please e-mail your interest or questions to More information about this RFP will be available on the Grant Seekers/Open RFPs section of the NYSHealth website when it opens on April 24th.