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HRH introduces open medical record policy

SoVaNow.com / December 04, 2009
When you’ve been in the hospital, have you ever wanted to have a look at your chart? If you are a patient at Halifax Regional Hospital (HRH), that opportunity is now yours.

The Planetree philosophy encourages patients to take an active role in their care including reading their own medical record if they care to do so. As a Planetree affiliate, HRH embraces the open chart policy.

Upon admission, patients will be reminded of the Open Medical Record policy, and will be asked to sign an authorization form allowing them, a family member or care partner access to the chart.

Because medical records are filled with information which may seem confusing, at HRH, your primary nurse will assist you as you read your record to help you find things and understand what is written.

The nurse will also inform your physician of any questions you may have.Halifax Regional’s open medical record policy is another example of person-centered care at its best. So the next time you are a patient at HRH, and want to see your chart, all you have to do is ask.


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