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LabDat Announces Patient Access To Clinical Laboratory Reports.

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BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 20, 1999

LabDat, Inc., an Internet provider of clinical laboratory results to physicians' offices, today announced the introduction of a new Internet program that allows patients to view their own clinical laboratory results from LabDat subscriber laboratories, subject to review and authorization of the referring physician.

Report data for laboratory specimens submitted to a LabDat subscriber laboratory is forwarded to LabDat's Internet database where it is available for physician review. Attractive on-line display of all test data, reference ranges and test-specific laboratory comments are easily reviewed by the referring physician from their office, home or wherever they may conveniently access the Internet and official laboratory hard-copy reports, suitable for filing, may be generated on the spot.

The physician may draft comments, suggestions or orders to the patient by simply attaching a message that accompanies the laboratory report. A simple mouse-click then activates a system in which a physician authorization username and password for that patient are automatically generated or the doctor may change them to a previously arranged security set to allow the patient to access their own laboratory data and physician messages from the same web site.

Upon proof of identity and physician authorization, the patient may then view the same data or generate the same hard-copy report that the physician files in his office chart. Selecting graphical displays, the patient views the collective set of results of common tests in simple-to-understand disease and organ-function groups. Mouse-over displays instantly describe the test and its typical medical utility. Double-clicking on a test graphical segment will display a full description of each test from a growing database of currently researched test information. The LabDat Knowledge Base (LabDat KB), available to any web user, whether or not their patient test data is on-file, provides general and specific information about most clinical laboratory tests and panels offered by LabDat subscriber laboratories that is designed to educate the lay public to provide keys to unlock the mysteries surrounding laboratory medicine.

All data and physician-patient communications are secured by use of 128-bit encryption and secured socket layering (the same technologies that protect credit transactions), ensuring absolute confidentiality between physician and patient.

Spartak Buniatyan, LabDat's Chief Operating Officer states, "We're absolutely delighted with the reception this project has received from patients, physicians and laboratories alike. Physicians have found LabDat patient access a boon to their productivity, allowing them to quickly and conveniently review laboratory data and communicate with their patients and their laboratories with ease never before available, from the convenience of the venue of their choice. Laboratories substantially benefit from rapid, low-cost report distribution, enhanced communication with both patients and physicians and open new opportunities for marketing their product offerings.

Patients, for the first time, have ready web-based access to their own laboratory data, complete with test descriptions and easy-to-understand graphical displays. Armed with a wealth of technical information and easy-to-understand test categorization schemes and graphics, this website has, at last, overcome the primary objection that many physicians have had to releasing patients laboratory results directly to them--the concern that test terminology and interpretation is too difficult for a typical patient to understand. Our clinical laboratory expertise seems to have provided the essential ingredient to make this project a resounding success.

A convenient "demo" system on the website at allows the Internet user to play the role of a physician, reviewing a sample database of patient results to see what their doctor might see in his review of laboratory data. They may then enter messages to the fictitious patient, setup patient access then exit and login as that patient to see what the patient would see in a true LabDat encounter.

Whether one avails themselves of the opportunity for a demonstration or not, they will find a trip through LabDat KB to discover medical laboratory information not previously available to them enlightening.

These are not "forward-looking" statements. This system is NOW in current in use as a visit to the website: will demonstrate. For further information, please leave questions at website or write to: LabDat, Inc., 2249 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, California 91505

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