Healthcare Observers Disagree on Cost-effectiveness of Electronic Health Record Systems

Medical laboratory professionals will be surprised to learn that some experts claim American healthcare will not see a return on investment from use of EHR systems It is the popular wisdom today that universal adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems will lead to significant improvements in patient outcomes, while also delivering substantial cost savings to the American health system. However, this trend also requires clinical laboratories to spend substantial amounts of money to...

Two Studies Find that Patients Want Access to their Health Records, Including Clinical Pathology Test Data

Patients are ready to ready access to their medical records; but physicians are wary Data from two studies here in the United States affirms that patients want access to their health records. Consequently, health systems are increasingly making it easier for patients to get access to prescription lists, medical laboratory test results and now even doctors’ notes. These findings are important for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups. Laboratory test data typically makes up 70% of...

Google Health’s Pending Demise Highlights PHR Challenges for Clinical Pathology Laboratories

Google Health is an electronic health record system that terminates on January 1, 2012. It is notable that Google, Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), on January 1, 2012, will shut down Google Health, its patient health record (PHR) platform. That announcement was made in June, so many pathologists and clinical laboratory managers may not realize that Google is exiting the PHR market. On Google’s official blog, company officials stated their intention was “to retire two products that didn’t catch on the way...

New Study on How Consumers Use PHRs Has Good News for Clinical Pathology Laboratories

Medical laboratory test data represents an essential component of the patient health record It will soon be the era of patient health records (PHRs), based on data gathered during a survey conducted by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF). That has implications for clinical laboratories and pathology groups across the United States, since most laboratories now electronically report laboratory test results to physicians and their patients. Press coverage of the study, titled “Consumers...
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