Online Test Result: You’re Gonna Die

What’s better, going online and learning you tested positive for a deadly, low survival cancer or having your doctor explain, in a soothing reassuring manner, you have a deadly, low survival cancer? The message is the same so what’s the problem?

“The 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule mandates the immediate electronic availability of test results to patients, likely empowering them to better manage their health. Concerns remain about unintended effects of releasing abnormal test results to patients.”

Perspectives of Patients About Immediate Access to Test Results Through an Online Patient Portal | Electronic Health Records | JAMA Network Open | JAMA Network