New HHS Rule Grants Patients Direct Access to Lab Results

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken action to give patients or their designates a way to directly access their laboratory test reports. “Information like lab results can empower patients to track their health progress, make decisions with their healthcare professionals and adhere to important treatment plans,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated. While patients can continue to get access to their laboratory test reports from their doctors, these changes give patients a new option to obtain their test reports directly from the laboratory while maintaining strong protections for patients’ privacy.