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

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 … Continue reading 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.

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

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

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

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

@GroupHealth is now sharing imaging results with patients online – here’s their experience to date

While the automatic sharing of lab test results with patients online is becoming more commonplace, sharing imaging / radiology results / reports is still controversial. There are several posts in this blog that talk about this, you can get the detail here. And if you read carefully in various regulations, imaging results are often called … Continue reading @GroupHealth is now sharing imaging results with patients online – here’s their experience to date