Why Healthcare Experts Critical of Direct Access Testing Advise Clinical Laboratories to Take Precautions

Test ordering and results interpretation can confuse the public says Dartmouth Institute, which is why some clinical laboratories limit the types of lab tests that people can request Giving consumers direct access to medical laboratory testing continues to be a subject of some controversy. One factor in this debate is Theranos, which brought much attention to direct access testing, followed by extensive news coverage in recent months of its problems with reporting accurate clinical laboratory...

Internationally-respected Experts in Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Ask: Why Don’t We Know More about Theranos’ Technology?

This secretive start-up medical laboratory testing company has not disclosed how its diagnostic test technology works, nor has it given laboratorians an opportunity to examine the technology Several internationally-respected clinical laboratory experts are asking serious questions about Theranos and its diagnostic testing technology, and they’ve gotten few answers to date. Though the number of experts is small, their credentials in the clinical laboratory profession are impressive. In...

A New Issue for Laboratories: Consumers Who Want to Keep Their Own EMR

In recent years, the laboratory industry has debated how to best meet the demand from some consumers to order laboratory tests and receive results without the involvement of their physician. However, direct access testing (DAT) never gained much momentum. Now comes a trend likely to have a greater impact: the Personal Health Record (PHR). In an age where the Internet is a secure way to capture information and paper medical records are slowly being converted to electronic ones, more individuals...
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