Tuesday, November 07, 2006

LabCorp launches retail-based testing: FierceHealthcare

LabCorp launches retail-based testing: FierceHealthcare: " Welcome to the next phase of retail health. Not to be outdone by the MinuteClinics of the world, medical testing company Lab Corporation of America has announced plans to establish service centers in 20 Duane Reade drugstores in New York City. The new outlets will collect blood and urine specimens, then route the samples to off-site labs for testing. LabCorp currently operates 1,300 of its own patient service centers, as well as servicing a much-larger group of physician offices and hospitals.

This is the first time that LabCorp has tried the drugstore-based approach, though company officials say they hope to expand the program with Duane Reade or other partners. One way for them to do so may be to branch out to other Duane Reade stores, as the chain operates 250 drugstores across the United States, notes The News & Observer."

This is a win-win situation - and we are likely to see a lot more of these partnerships. Rather than get patients to come to you, it makes much more sense to go to where the patients are !

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