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Medical Labs Make Test Results Easier for Patients to Understand
The Wall Street Journal

As more patients gain direct access to lab reports and test results, health care providers are offering new tools to help them navigate the maze of numbers and use the data to better manage their own care.

Individual patients now can see their results on a wide variety of medical tests including complete blood counts, urinalysis and allergy tests, under a federal rule that went into effect in April and pre-empted a number of state laws prohibiting disclosure to individuals. The results must be available on request within 30 days, no physician’s authorization required. Laboratories have until Oct. 6 to comply.

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