Your lab test results are collected by healthcare providers and agencies so they can provide you with appropriate care and to plan health service delivery. Your lab test results are shared with healthcare providers and agencies involved in your care. For example, if you are referred to a hospital relevant lab test information would be provided to appropriate hospital clinical staff.
Sharing lab test results helps healthcare providers give you the best care possible, as quickly as possible. It also helps them to make better and more informed decisions about your care. Your lab test results are confidential and checks are in place to monitor access to your records. Your lab test results are not made available to insurance companies, employers, or other third parties.
Sharing lab test results means:
- Quality care, faster
- More complete lab test result information about you is available to those who are providing your care
- You and your healthcare provider are able to make more informed decisions about your care
- Tests do not need to be repeated
TestSafe South is a secure electronic database which stores lab test results health information. Authorised healthcare providers such as GPs and hospital doctors can access your information stored in TestSafe South.
You can withhold the sharing of your information held by TestSafe South by:
- phoning 0508 837 872
- telling your healthcare provider when tests are ordered
Risk of not sharing lab test results:
It is important for you to know that by choosing to withhold your lab test results from viewing in TestSafe South, clinicians involved in your care may not immediately have information available to them which may assist them in providing care to you.
For more information visit: www.testsafe.co.nz or phone 0508 837 872