Quest Diagnostics announced the launch of QuestDirect, a consumer-initiated testing service that empowers patients to order health and wellness lab testing from home. The service, available in 48 states, offers 35 test packages for general health, men's and women's health, digestive health, heart health, infectious disease, and sexually transmitted disease testing. Consumers can order by visiting the QuestDirect website and choosing their own lab tests. Independent physicians will provide oversight and, if appropriate, order the testing. Consumers can make appointments online to visit a Quest patient service center. Results are typically available within a week, and can be accessed through MyQuest, where they can be shared with the consumer's doctor or family members through a new "My Circle" feature.