Tag Archives: safety

Sharing imaging results online with patients: Data from Group Health Cooperative



This post is a tad bit belated (compared to when I received the information, not compared to health care having this experience, it’s way ahead of it’s time there), however I think the data is useful. Now that Group Health Cooperative (@GroupHealth) has been sharing imaging results online with patents for about 15 months now » » » » on to the full article

It’s been illegal in California since 2002 for a physician to give a woman her pap smear results online. AB-2253 would change that.



Way back in 2002, when I lived and worked in Washington, State, I heard about what I’d call a “quirky” little law known as California Health and Safety Code Section 123148, that did exactly as the title of this post reads. It made it illegal for a physician to deliver certain test results to their » » » » on to the full article

Now Reading: Why patients need access to their lab test results – lack of timely follow-up even with an EHR



Singh H, Thomas EJ, Sittig DF, et al. Notification of Abnormal Lab Test Results in an Electronic Medical Record: Do Any Safety Concerns Remain? The American journal of medicine. 2010;123(3):238–244. This paper is really called “Notification of Abnormal Lab Test Results in an Electronic Medical Record: Do Any Safety Concerns Remain?” and it answers the » » » » on to the full article

California 2011-12 Assembly Bill 2253 – Could it end the prohibition of sharing certain test results online with patients?



California 2011-12 Assembly Bill 2253 – Version 99 – Existing law authorizes the results of a clinical laboratory test performed at the request of a health care professional to be conveyed to the patient in electronic form if requested by the patient and if deemed most appropriate by the health care professional, except that existing » » » » on to the full article

What Group Health Physicians are saying about sharing imaging test results with patients – 1 year later



Time flies – it’s the 1 year anniversary of Group Health Cooperative (happy disclosure: The Group Health Physicians group is an affiliate of The Permanente Federation) sharing imaging (X-ray, MRI, CT) results with patients online through their secure patient portal, MyGroupHealth (http://www.ghc.org) Group Health (@GroupHealth) is not the first health system to share imaging test » » » » on to the full article

Now Reading: Yikes! What physicians in training don’t ask patients admitted to the hospital



Sharma S. A Single-Blinded, Direct Observational Study of PGY-1 Interns and PGY-2 Residents in Evaluating their History-Taking and Physical-Examination Skills. The Permanente Journal. 2011;15(4). The hospital can be a very scary place, and when I read this study, I immediately thought that it would bring to life the worst fears of our patients, their families, » » » » on to the full article

Should Patients Get Direct Access to Their Laboratory Test Results? – — JAMA



Should Patients Get Direct Access to Their Laboratory Test Results? – — JAMA. Sure, why not? The authors of this article have done great work in this area, showing that “between 8% and 26% of abnormal test results, including those suspicious for malignancy, are not followed up in a timely manner.” While they also feel » » » » on to the full article