First we had retail clinics, now retail labs and no prescription required, so pop in for a quick LDL or glucose test before you start your grocery shopping. Lab results could soon be connected to a PHR I would think to complete the entire process instead of mailing. BD
An Atlanta company wants to make taking medical tests as easy as shopping at a grocery store or picking up dry cleaning. Any Lab Test Now has opened its first Arizona franchise at a Fry's-anchored strip center at 8902 E. Via Linda in Scottsdale, and the company is scouting out locations in the West Valley and near Arizona State University's Tempe campus. Customers don't need an appointment or a prescription to take any of dozens of medical tests such as cholesterol, glucose, liver, prostate cancer and other screens. Costs range from $49 to several hundred dollars depending on the test, a spokeswoman said. While the company administers the test on site, specimens are sent to certified labs such as Sonora Quest for processing. Consumers decide whether they want to pick up results at the retail store or have them mailed home. No doctors are at the retail site, but phlebotomists and medical assistants help explain test results.