NEW YORK ─ Quest Diagnostics said Monday that it will offer consumer-initiated lab testing in collaboration with Walmart.
Quest said it is making more than 50 tests, including those for general health, digestive health, allergy, heart health, women's health, and infectious disease, available at Walmart.com through its QuestDirect service.
Customers can purchase tests at Walmart.com. Purchases will be reviewed by a physician who will then place the order provided the test is appropriate. Customers can then either schedule an appointment at a Quest draw center or arrange for delivery of an at-home collection kit, depending on the test. Results will be made available through the MyQuest portal and access will be provided to a healthcare professional for interpretation of results and treatment if necessary.
According to a recent Quest Health Trends report, 60 percent of US adults said they have skipped or delayed some in-person medical treatments or appointments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"While many are too busy or face barriers to engage in in-person doctors' appointments, others choose to proactively arm themselves with diagnostic insights before engaging with one," Steve Rusckowski, Quest's chairman, president, and CEO, said in a statement. "Our close relationship with Walmart has allowed us to create a solution that is high quality and accessible. Powered by QuestDirect from Quest Diagnostics, this new solution can broaden access to laboratory testing and health insights, and support for a range of conditions for potentially better outcomes."