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. Concepts of patient engagement have proliferated rapidly across health care settings. OpenNotes, an organization based at BIDMC that advocates for routine patient access to medical notes, revealed that patients who use the program often appear to be motivated, involved, active and engaged in their care.
. In a new study published in Nature, Dan H. Barouch, MD, PhD, Director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research at BIDMC, and colleagues demonstrated that administering broadly neutralizing antibodies designed to target HIV in combination with agents that stimulate the innate immune system delayed viral rebound following discontinuation of antiretroviral therapy in monkeys. The findings suggest that this two-pronged approach represents a potential strategy for targeting the viral reservoir.
. The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act protects a patient's right to see and get a copy of personal health records. In practice, though, formal records requests can take weeks to process and few patients take advantage of the option – but a growing movement is using technology to try to change that. According to OpenNotes, an organization based at BIDMC that advocates for routine patient access to medical notes, more than 27 million Americans now can see what doctors and nurses write about them. Proponents of open notes say access gives patients more ownership of their medical records — and therefore their health.
. A multidisciplinary research team led by Samir M. Parikh, MD, Nephrologist and Principal Investigator at BIDMC, has determined that vitamin B3 has the potential to prevent acute kidney injury. The findings, published in Nature Medicine, bring clinicians one step closer to an accessible and safe therapy for hospitalized patients who may be at risk.