Lab test to patients

Anderson, Timothy M. CMOVAMC Timothy.Anderson at VA.GOV
Mon May 6 12:34:26 UTC 2013


In the Veterans Affairs healthcare system of 154 hospitals and 900
clinics we have a functionality, My HealtheVet (MHV).

This is electronic remote access to your records as a VA patient. Among
the newest features available to Veterans with a Premium Account include
VA Notes.  These are clinical notes that your health care team records
during your appointments or hospital stays.  Also available are your VA
Immunization records, more detailed lab reports and a list of your
current medical issues. These features are in addition to prescription
refills, VA Appointments and Secure Messaging - all very popular with
Veterans.

 

The feature is free and once a patient signs up they can access and
print their medical records from any PC - home, library, or Smartphone.
MHV does not replace expected clinical communication of lab results.

 

Along with secure email with providers MHV helps enhance clinical
communication. 

 

Tim

From: Brian Goldman [mailto:brian.goldman at CBC.CA] 
Sent: Friday, May 03, 2013 7:42 PM
To: IMPROVEDX at LIST.IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG
Subject: Re: Lab test to patients

 

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.  

 

On Fri, May 3, 2013 at 3:28 PM, Lorri Zipperer <Lorri at zpm1.com> wrote:

From: robert bell [mailto:rmsbell at esedona.net] 
Sent: Friday, May 03, 2013 1:13 PM
To: Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine; Jason Maude
Subject: Lab test to patients

 

Agree Jason,

 

One reason why all lab test and reports should go to patients as well as
the doctors/HCPs.

 

Would obviate all "misplaced"/lost reports and involve patients far
more.

 

We definitely need medically educated patients, to ask the right
questions.

 

To my mind if that could be done overnight it would be one of the
biggest things that could be done to reduce errors, both diagnostic and
other.

 

Does any patient safety organization in the US, or the world for that
matter, have this on their agenda to achieve nationwide?

 

Some states/labs make it easy others difficult.

 

When joining a practice one could have an opt in or opt out for all
reports/labs to be copied to the patient 

 

Rob Bell

 

 

On May 3, 2013, at 10:24 AM, Jason Maude wrote:

 

I think it makes good sense to educate the patient to act as the trigger
to get the doctor the think again rather than just try and prompt the
doctor directly. In my recent case I do blame myself for not asking
"what else it could be". However, one does need confidence to push this
when the initial diagnosis appears so 'obvious'. 

 

Jason Maude

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