Quest Diagnostics collaborate to provide online access to diagnostic
6 March 2008
Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE:DGX), a leading provider of
diagnostic testing, information and services in the US, and Google have
agreed to collaborate to facilitate communications between doctors and patients
using Google's online health record system, Google Health.
The aim is to provide
patients with secure online access to their diagnostic laboratory
test results through the more than 100,000 doctors in the US
who are already electronically connected to Quest Diagnostics.
The two companies say they share the same
vision of empowering patients with information about their personal
health so they can make more informed decisions about their care.
"Quest Diagnostics' leadership in diagnostic testing services and
information technology makes us uniquely positioned to partner with
Google Health to offer technologies and services that will improve
communications between doctors and patients," said Dr Mary Hall Gregg,
vice president and chief information officer of Quest Diagnostics.
Under the terms of the collaboration, Quest Diagnostics is developing
solutions that will provide patients, through their doctors, with
easy and secure electronic access to their diagnostic test results.
Quest Diagnostics' proprietary Care360 patient-centric physician
portal will serve as the platform for securely transferring patient
diagnostic laboratory data into a Google Health account, at the user's
"Laboratory data is the foundation of many patients' medical
histories and an important driver of treatment decisions made by
physicians and their patients," said Joyce G. Schwartz, MD, vice
president and chief laboratory officer, Quest Diagnostics. "Working with
Google Health, Quest Diagnostics will help patients collaborate with
their physicians to make informed health care choices based on relevant
The collaboration will also allow physicians to securely send
historical laboratory data to the patient's Google Health account.
Physicians will also be able to comment on their patients' test results
to better inform them about their health status.
The new services will complement Quest Diagnostics' online patient-focused solutions, which include providing patients with the
ability to schedule tests online and access to a comprehensive online
Diagnostic test results are the foundation of 70% of all healthcare
decisions and are highly sought after by patients. According to The Markle Foundation, two in three Americans would like to access all of their medical information
electronically to ensure accuracy, improve doctor-patient communications
and help prevent medical errors. Two-thirds also said
having health and medical information accessible online gives them more
control over their own health.