By Kaili Hawley on
4/6/2011 1:03 PM
There are a lot of challenges involved in getting lab results to providers and clinicians. The lab tests are a critical element in patient care, affecting about 70 to 80% of clinical decisions. Every year 7 billion lab tests are performed in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta. Therefore, it is very important that these results make it to the providers in time, for them to make informed decisions.
Lab data and other data are still being received on paper, especially at small practices where most of the healthcare is delivered. The lab data sometimes takes days or even weeks to get to the doctors’ offices. This can really spell trouble for the patients as the information contained in the results often calls for immediate action, and when you think about the fact that we can pull up stock quotes and sports scores instantly, it’s really frustrating.
The solution seems pretty simple; we need to integrate lab information results with Electronic Medical Records....