Thursday, November 30, 2006

Log on for test results

…You do know the phrase “no news is good news” does NOT apply to medical test results, right?

…HA has written many times about the way results can go astray, not be checked for weeks, or even in some cases, not be reported to you even if they are positive (meaning positive for some condition you need to know about).

…So always ask for the results or answer that recorded call.

…At Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the doctors have an online reporting and conversing system.

…Called PatientSite, it allows people to log on and get results (except HIV and cancer, which must be relayed in person).

…Emailing your doctor also seems to be an option.

…How HA wishes every place would do this!

…Check it out at

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