Electronic Exchange of Health Care Information
“On March 1, 2010, CMS, in collaboration with ONC, released guidance clarifying that the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) permit labs to electronically exchange lab data and addressing some confusion regarding laboratory data and health IT. This guidance was put forth in a Survey and Certification letter, including interpretive guidance and frequently asked questions.”
All I can say is, it's about time. Putting health data into a database for easy access by doctors is something that should have occurred ages ago. The sharing of information and new ideas as soon as they are thought of increases societal production by factors unfathomable. I mean, imagine how much faster we would come up with new technology if we all worked like one giant lab sharing information, as opposed to many individual labs hoarding as much as they can. Now, unfortunately, this is not exactly what the above statement means, however it is a start. What this more accurately means is faster transfer of test results so patients can get their answer faster. It also is a step in the direction of allowing easy transfer of a patients past medical data from one doctor or facility to another. We'll get there One step at a time we'll get there.
Obtaining Your Health Care Information
If you or a loved one was recently hospitalized, especially the elderly, it is important to request from medical records your medical chart. This is extremely important for those senior citizens that did not see their primary care physician during a hospital stay. Any test results, medications or therapy notes may be important for your primary care physician and is part of your medical history. Be sure to be proactive and gather all medical records after a hosptial stay whether during observation status or after admission into a hospital.