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5 Hot Healthcare Ideas from SXSW

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, March 11, 2014

3. Patients may own their data, but services are providing diagnoses along with the data, and that concerns physicians.

At another session I attended, it was obvious that physicians still feel challenged by the rapidly expanding smorgasbord of online services and apps that diagnose and recommend as well as record and report.

I even heard that some lab companies attach diagnoses to the lab results they return to clinicians – which is fine, except those same lab results also get reported to patients. I had not realized that some labs crossed into delivering diagnoses or interpretations of the results.

Physicians naturally get antsy about this, and I wonder if the labs may find themselves facing some sort of crackdown, particularly in instances where lab and clinician disagree on exactly what the results mean.

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