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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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