OPKO Health's BioReference Laboratories Introduces Scarlet Health™, an In-Home Diagnostic Service to Expand Digital Health Access
ELMWOOD PARK, N.J., Jan. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- BioReference Laboratories, Inc., an OPKO Health company (NASDAQ:OPK), today introduced Scarlet Health™, an in-home, fully integrated digital platform providing access to on-demand diagnostic services. Scarlet has been designed similarly to tools consumers use daily, in order to provide ease-of-use and ubiquitous conveniences.
BioReference introduced Scarlet, an in-home, fully integrated digital platform providing access to diagnostic services.
Backed by BioReference's national presence and infrastructure, with laboratory facilities and professionals across the country, Scarlet delivers an innovative, flexible, mobile alternative to traditional patient service centers or other draw locations when phlebotomy and other specimen collection services are needed.
Patients will no longer need to travel for laboratory services. Healthcare providers will secure vital diagnostic information about patients reliably, quickly and easily to enable a faster diagnosis.
To use Scarlet's convenient, secure and safe approach to mobile specimen collection services, patients will obtain a link after visiting or connecting virtually with their healthcare provider. After confirming the services needed, a patient will verify their identity and schedule a date and time, and choose their preferred location (i.e., at their office or home) for a qualified healthcare professional to collect their test specimen. Patients will then receive real-time updates and relevant information, such as learning how to prepare for the visit or track the healthcare professional's arrival. Specimens will be sent to BioReference for testing, and the results will be securely shared online with the patient and their ordering healthcare provider.
"Scarlet reimagines the delivery of health care, creating an accessible, consumer-centric approach to the way patients receive laboratory services," said Richard Schwabacher, Senior Vice President of Digital Health and Chief Digital Officer for BioReference Laboratories. "Scarlet is the first of many digital health advances at BioReference that aim to increase flexibility and convenience for patients. We're proud to bring this kind of innovation and technology to patients and are looking forward to expanding access to critical health care needs with Scarlet."
Investment in telemedicine has more than doubled in the last year to $1.6 billion, a dramatic acceleration attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing demand for the tools and flexibility that digital health offers.1 Scarlet provides a much-needed service that is efficient, secure, convenient, flexible, digitally enabled and easy to use, providing access to a variety of tests, from COVID-19 to chronic conditions, and more.
"The future of health care is at home. We're helping to make in-home health care real for millions of Americans by bringing diagnostic services directly to the patient," said Jon R. Cohen, M.D., Executive Chairman of BioReference Laboratories. "According to PwC Health Research Institute Health's 2020 executive survey, 40% of healthcare providers cited laboratory challenges as a concern with growing telehealth programs. By adding just a few key strokes to what healthcare providers are already doing, Scarlet improves and encourages patient-centered health care, utilizing a similar on-demand format that patients use every day from the comfort of their homes. With Scarlet, BioReference removes a disconnect between telemedicine and traditional health care, and revolutionizes how healthcare is provided."
Scarlet services are currently available in select markets. For more information on Scarlet, visit www.scarlethealth.com.
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