To be actively involved in your own medical care, you need to understand the basics about electronic medical records, health information exchanges, and more. Check out our primer.
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Some laboratories will provide your test results online without going through your doctor's office--in fact, the federal government recently proposed requiring all labs to do so. If you want to get your results immediately--bearing in mind that your doctor should still explain and discuss them with you--you may be able to obtain them on your mobile device, using an application such as Gazelle by Quest Diagnostics. Gazelle allows you to use your smartphone to receive results, manage medications, and share healthcare information with others.