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Action Alert and LabCorp To Allow Patients to Order Tests Online 5/26/15 via Alliance for Natural He

Discussion in 'Diagnostic Guidelines and Laboratory Testing' started by *GG*, May 27, 2015.

  1. *GG*

    *GG* Senior Member

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    This is bigger news than it might seem: advanced testing is one of the pillars of natural health and integrated medicine, along with diet, supplements, and lifestyle.Action Alert!

    Regular readers will remember our coverage of Theranos, a biotech company that offers diagnostic tests to consumers at (as of now) select Walgreens stores, without a doctor’s order, for a fraction of the cost, a fraction of the wait time, and with more accurate results.

    Seeing an increasing demand from patients who take a more hands-on approach to their healthcare, LabCorp, one of the largest diagnostic companies in the US, will now allow consumers to order tests online.
    The landscape is rapidly shifting from what it once was. Previously you would visit a LabCorp or Quest Diagnostics facility, present the order from your doctor, wait, and then have a vial of blood drawn for each test.

    The results were sent to your doctor in three to seven days, so you had to see your doctor a second time to learn the results and what they mean. The total bill may be near a thousand dollars for an incomplete and often dated battery of tests. Now, LabCorp will let a patient go online to order tests, with or without a doctor’s approval, and view the results on the Internet.

    It is one thing for Theranos, a relatively small startup doing extremely exciting work, to offer such tests; it’s quite another for a company the size of LabCorp to start offering this kind of service. It should signal to others in the industry that this is the way the diagnostics industry is heading.

    Other commentators have noted the rapid rise of consumer demand for devices that monitor health information, like FitBit and the Apple Watch. The availability of easily accessible, cheap, and accurate information will empower consumers to become even more involved in their health. A person might read an article about the importance of vitamin D in the morning and, on the spur of the moment, order a vitamin D 25-OH test, thus providing a near-immediate answer to the question of his or her own vitamin D level.

    Theranos seems to be the more affordable and convenient service, but LabCorp’s decision as an industry giant to offer more freedom to the consumer is nothing short of a victory for individualized medicine.

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    http://www.anh-usa.org/labcorp-to-allow-patients-to-order-tests-online/
     
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    South Senior Member

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    The article about this, on anh-usa.org, is vague though. what tests is Labcorp going to offer, under this new program? Just one or two, or many tests? which ones?

    Going to the labcorp website didn't answer this for me, I would think that a reporter writing such an article would have asked these sort of obvious questions.

    It's certainly good news in general though.
     
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    Hmm, perhaps it covers all lab tests? I guess time will tell, don't think they are a "news" reporting kind of org, perhaps that is something they can work on though. Or perhaps that has not been determined, so they didn't include it?

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    minkeygirl But I Look So Good.

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    Labcorp and Quest draw blood, not familiar with the Walgreens thing.

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  6. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl But I Look So Good.

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    Walgreens does the Theranos lab mentioned in the article you posted.
     

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