Rep. Killian Timoney
By Melissa Patrick
Kentucky Health News
The legislature is nearing final passage of a bill that would give health-care providers a chance to contact patients to go over certain laboratory results before they go on patients’ electronic health records.
House Bill 529, sponsored by Killian Timoney, R-Lexington, would require pathology or radiology reports that may show a finding of malignancy, or test results that could reveal genetic markers, to not be disclosed to a patient as part of their electronic health record for 72 hours, unless the health-care provider directs their early release.
The Senate Health and Welfare Committee approved the bill without dissent and put it on the chamber’s consent calendar, which it uses to pass bills without further discussion.
Doctors told the committee that the bill is needed.
“As physicians, we are quite concerned that patients are receiving deadly, life-threatening diagnoses on their phones without any medical care and medical support. We have numerous accounts of patients being harmed because of that, and causing harm to themselves,” said Dr. David Danhauer, chief medical information officer at Owensboro Health. “We ask that, with this bill, allow our providers time to review, contemplate a plan, and set up appropriate consultation with those patients.”