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Spreading OpenNotes in New York State

Through its Empowering Health Care Consumers priority area, NYSHealth is specifically focused on work that increases and enhances consumers’ and patients’ choice and control. Patients want to have more control over their care but often lack the information or means they need to do so, including the ability to access their own visit notes.

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.

Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), the Foundation aims to foster the spread of OpenNotes to more New York State hospitals and patients. The Foundation will award grants of up to $100,000 to up to 10 hospitals in New York State interested in implementing OpenNotes at their facilities.

Please find the detailed Spreading OpenNotes in New York State RFP here.

How to apply:

Proposals must be completed and submitted through NYSHealth’s online application system. For detailed guidelines, please review the online application instructions. The deadline to submit an application is Thursday, June 8th at 1 p.m. All applicants will be notified about the outcome of their applications by late August 2017.

Programmatic questions about this funding opportunity should be e-mailed to

Technical questions regarding the online application system should be e-mailed to

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