This is one of two posts today about the potential for patients and their families having access to lab test results at the same time their doctors do. I’ve written several posts about this on this blog, which you can track here.
This post and the one that is about to follow touch on the next frontier of sharing data with patients:
- Results of tests in the hospital (most portals now focus on the outpatient setting)
- Results of imaging and pathology tests (there is greater anxiety about these than lab tests e.g. most blood work)
For the story below, see if you think it would be useful for family members to have access to results of tests run in the hospital. If you are or have been a patient or a family member of a patient that does have access to inpatient results information, please post in the comments, along with any other thoughts you might have, of course.
Mary Dolan (81), Castlerea, Co Roscommon, died on February 20th, 2009. She had attended the hospital for an operation to remove gall stones and had developed pancreatitis.
Coroner Dr Brian Farrell was told yesterday that statements had been received by counsel for Ms Dolan’s family, Ciarán Craven, from the hospital’s legal representative.
Mr Craven said the lab results for the amylase test, an enzyme that indicates pancreatitis if present in high levels, were phoned in on the morning after Ms Dolan had been tested. They indicated she had more than 30 times the normal level of amylase in her system.
The results were received by 11am and put on the hospital’s computer, but the doctor treating Ms Dolan never saw them, Mr Craven said.