Lab test to patients

Fantz, Corinne Renee cfantz at EMORY.EDU
Sat May 4 16:28:33 UTC 2013


I too agree that lab tests should be provided to patients if they are built in ways to improve quality and coordination of care not as they currently are (to collect incentive payments under significant time constraints).

There are unintended consequences that have not yet been considered by many IT vendors producing these reports from the "official" medical record.  Unofficial lab reports can be helpful but also can be misleading (eg. Not reflecting corrections, missing interpretations, poor formatting as there are no standards for patient reports as there are for "official" reports for clinical labs under CLIA).

Regards,
Corinne Fantz,PhD
Associate Professor
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine

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On May 4, 2013, at 11:34 AM, "Brian Goldman" <brian.goldman at CBC.CA<mailto:brian.goldman at CBC.CA>> wrote:
I agree that lab tests should go to patients directly.  Any "needless" anxiety put upon the patient will be more than made up for by improved patient engagement as well as an opportunity to challenge the accuracy of the test results.



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