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Consumer Data Portability is the Future for Clinical Lab Results

by Carolyn Woods | March 2, 2022 | Blog, What’s New

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Fearful of contracting COVID-19 at traditional healthcare settings, many Americans sought care via telehealth. They thereby learned to give and receive their own health information, on their smartphones and computers in entirely electronic formats. Here at Sunquest, now CliniSys, we expect those consumer-driven changes to gather more strength as people take ownership of their electronic health data.

The name of this game will be data portability.

In advance of seeing a new provider outside of an integrated health system, patients will connect to that provider’s system and choose exactly what data from their personal history to share, or not. And they will expect providers to have invested accordingly in new processes and systems to accommodate that data sharing.

Individuals will increasingly become the keepers of their own medical records. After receiving care, they will compile and store more of their test results, images, diagnoses, notes, etc. in the media of their choosing. They will inevitably request past data that will be challenging to retrieve, and they will direct their providers where to send it and in what format.

Healthcare consumers will sign up for medical record consolidation and storage services. These new players will gain enough consumer-backed power to demand on behalf of their subscribers interoperability throughout the universe of medical data stakeholders. This universe will include all providers who generate data consumers want, from dentists, orthodontists, physical therapists, mail-order DNA testers, wearable device makers and mental health providers to laboratorians and clinicians across the specialties. Not to mention public and private insurers.

For clinical laboratories, among others, these changes will cause them to enhance their upstream capabilities to share downstream with consumers their personal health data in formats they can read, annotate, collate, modify, control, store, share and delete, on a private storage device or via their future medical record consolidation service of choice.

The value laboratories create within the US medical economy is test results. And more avenues for labs to further monetize that value will arise from an open perspective on how to earn a piece of the pie from the sale of interpretive care services for early detection and early intervention and then reactive care services in acute treatment and ongoing disease management.

Send us your continuing thoughts on data portability issues and opportunities via communications@sunquestinfo.com.

About the author
Carolyn Woods Marketing Content Writer
Carolyn Woods
Marketing Content Writer

Carolyn has spent most of her career in B2B software marketing. Her background in healthcare marketing comes from many years working for a national blood provider. She is an advocate for healthcare cost transparency to U.S. consumers and is fascinated by applications for big data, artificial intelligence and personalized medicine.

About the author
Carolyn Woods Marketing Content Writer
Carolyn Woods
Marketing Content Writer

Carolyn has spent most of her career in B2B software marketing. Her background in healthcare marketing comes from many years working for a national blood provider. She is an advocate for healthcare cost transparency to U.S. consumers and is fascinated by applications for big data, artificial intelligence and personalized medicine.

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