Labcorp’s at-home testing services just got a little more, well, at-home.
Only a few months after launching its Labcorp OnDemand direct-to-consumer testing service, allowing individuals to order tests straight to their doorsteps, the diagnostics giant has inked a deal with Getlabs allowing them to schedule their own sample collection services, too.
Getlabs offers a staff of full-time phlebotomists who are authorized to collect blood, saliva, stool, urine and breath samples. Patients can book a sample collection appointment online, arranging for the Getlabs staffer to meet them at either their home or workplace. Prices start at $25.
Getlabs, which also works with Labcorp competitor Quest Diagnostics, currently reaches about half of the U.S. population through its presence in 50 markets across the country. It’s working on expanding further, backed by $20 million in a series A funding round that closed earlier this year and counted Labcorp among its backers.
With the Getlabs for Labcorp service, patients using Labcorp’s at-home diagnostics can make appointments with Getlabs phlebotomists directly through the Labcorp site. Getlabs’ standard pricing will apply.
The services will be available for all of Labcorp’s tests, from its standard slate of allergy panels, cholesterol counts and vitamin deficiency checks, to the more advanced cancer risk screening tests. Once the sample has been taken and sent to a Labcorp lab for processing, the test results will be sent to the doctor who ordered the test and to Labcorp’s online patient portal.
“We want to make it easy for people to manage their health, and this collaboration with Getlabs significantly expands Labcorp’s home testing options to include our full range of tests,” said Amy Summy, executive VP and chief marketing officer at Labcorp. “The blend of easy scheduling online, our full set of tests and in-person testing makes it simple for individuals who want the convenience of at-home collection but are uncomfortable drawing their own blood or require diagnostic tests beyond those offered through Labcorp’s at-home kits.”
The new partnership builds on the launch earlier this year of Labcorp OnDemand, which allows individuals to choose from several dozen standalone diagnostics and test packages to order themselves, without requiring a physician’s referral.
If the self-ordered tests require samples that can’t be completed by the individual, they’re prompted to make an appointment either at one of Labcorp’s more than 2,000 patient service centers or, now, with a Getlabs worker.
Quest, too, has recently made a point of bulking up its own at-home diagnostics business. In the wake of declining COVID-19 testing revenues for the first quarter of this year, the company created a new VP position overseeing its QuestDirect direct-to-consumer service and selected Richard Adams, a seasoned leader in e-commerce and digital consumer experience, to fill the role.