Clinical Pathology Laboratories Will Need to Securely Make Lab Test Data Available to Mobile Device Users
Use of handheld mobile devices by physicians and nurses is exploding. This trend has important implications for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups, since clinicians quickly demand to access laboratory test data on their handheld mobile devices.
However, it is hospitals and health systems which are the first healthcare institutions that need to find a solution to enable appropriate use of handheld mobile devices by physicians, nurses, and other caregivers. Despite the efforts of chief information officers (CIOs) to maintain control over their institution’s informatics network, doctors and nurses are bringing their personal handheld mobile devices into the hospital and want to use them to access healthcare data.
As health insurers build patient-friendly web sites, they now want all the lab test data
For laboratories wanting to contract with managed care plans, it will soon be “all about the data.” In upcoming contract renewal talks, expect health insurers to have a keen interest in working specifically with those clinical laboratories and pathology groups which can interface and electronically provide lab test data.
Dark Daily is first to identify this important development. It creates an opportunity for local laboratories to contribute added value to payers in their region. There is a specific reason for this increased interest. Health insurers are building information-rich Web sites for their insured beneficiaries. It is now important for them to have laboratory test data that they can use to populate the digital health record of their beneficiaries.