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Give Patients Access to Test Results--Tim O'Reilly Urges Support of Proposed Federal Rule to Expand Patients' Rights to Their Data

October 16, 2012

San Francisco, CA, October 16, 2012—Patients' rights should include direct access to their lab results, just like all their other medical records. Today at the Strata Rx Conference, Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, asked for support of a proposed federal rule that expands patients' access to their test results. Tim added his signature on a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging finalization of the rule, joining Aneesh Chopra, Esther Dyson, Jamie Heywood, Susan Love, David Lindeman, and Ann Waldo in a rapidly growing group of healthcare and technology leaders.

"I'm convinced that there's a wave of innovation coming in healthcare, driven by new kinds of data, new ways of extracting meaning from that data, and new business models that data can enable," Tim says. While much of that data is still unavailable, efforts such as this consensus letter advance the progress of open data in healthcare.

Tim asks you to add your signature to this important letter.

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