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Now Featuring OpenNotes!

CSMConnect, Ascension Columbia St. Mary's online medical record, now provides patients with access to OpenNotes® – the detailed notes written by your doctor during and after every visit.

What is CSMConnect?

CSMConnect is a secure and confidential way for you to access your medical records online. With CSMConnect, you can schedule, view and cancel your appointments and even pay your bills online. And when you have a follow-up question after leaving an appointment, you can use CSMConnect to send a quick message to your healthcare provider to get the answers you need in a timely manner. Click here for more information.

What are OpenNotes?

You may have noticed your doctor writing notes during your visits. These notes summarize what was discussed, the findings, what was measured and the treatment plan. The notes ultimately become part of your medical record. CSMConnect now provides you with access to these physician notes which can help you remember what was discussed during the visit and give you more control of your care. 

What kind of information is included in OpenNotes?

Each time you have an appointment or discussion with your physician, he or she describes what happened in a “note.” Notes include such information as:

  • What you and your physician discussed during the office visit, including health problems, the physician’s physical exam findings, diagnosis, and treatment plan.

  • Why your physician ordered a specific lab, test, or prescribed a certain medication.

  • Other information pertinent to the care plan, such as coordination of care, specific arrangements for caregivers, and non-medical needs.

  • What needs to be done after the visit, such as additional tests, follow up appointments or referral to a specialist.



What are the benefits of OpenNotes?

Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s is committed to patient centered care and as such, is one of the first healthcare systems in the country to provide patients with access to physician notes. We know from research that patients who use OpenNotes not only feel more in control of their care, but actually are taking better care of themselves.  At Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s, we believe that OpenNotes creates a partnership between the patient and their care team that will lead to improved care and more transparency. 

How do I sign up?

First, pick a Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s physician. You can review our doctors here or call our Physician Referral consultants at (414) 332-DOCS.

Once you have a Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s physician, schedule your first appointment and be sure to tell them at your visit that you want to sign up for CSMConnect. An associate will assist you in completing the enrollment form and you will receive an email with further instructions once registered. 

Where can I find more information?

To learn additional information about OpenNotes click here.



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