Laboratory tests are essential for diagnosing and treating diseases, but they can be time-consuming and expensive. Health IT is changing future of lab testing with the way tests are performed, making them faster, more accurate, and more affordable. This is leading to a new era of precision medicine, where doctors can tailor treatments to individual patients based on their genetic makeup and other factors. 

A recent Healthcare IT Today article discusses the imprtance of laboratory tests in modern medicine and how health IT can be used to improve the accuracy, speed, and efficiency of these tests.

Our CEO Sandeep Shah was interviewed on this topic and had a few thoughts on these important upcoming advancements.

Sandeep Shah, CEO of Skyscape, points to problems with interoperability, secure access, and standards. Portals don’t talk to each other, and don’t know how to authenticate people who have access to other portals.

Shah points to airport security as a model. Using an Apple device, you can get to your gate. He thinks that a big computer company such as Apple will be the one to solve the cross-site authentication problem in health care.

Skyscape’s Buzz platform provides care coordination to health care providers, offering an API for data sharing. They are creating a unified environment for patients that streamlines lab results and reports over HIPAA-secure communication channels for video, phone, SMS, and email, and they would like to work with labs too. As a transitional technology, Buzz can create a PDF and send it as a fax, and use optical character recognition (OCR) on faxes they receive.”

For more information on the future of lab testing and the full article visit: Surveying Laboratory Tests From a Health IT Perspective