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 that
To develop best practices in this area, the potential consequences and benefits of this approach should be subjected to rigorous evaluation.
It’s worth noting that 22.4 million test results were reviewed by patients online in 2011, just at Kaiser Permanente. This is an increase of 14 % from 2010.
I’m going to stick with the comment they cited in the piece “Giving Patients Their Results Online Might Be the Answer” as the better answer than the answer in the piece above :).
And, for a little walk down memory lane, it’s worth reading these two pieces, they will help frame the not-newness of this conversation.