Latest Medical Trends: Home Health Kits
The cutting-edge alternative to traditional testing
At Life Line Screening, we are experts in facilitating essential screenings that help people take control of their health. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns happening across the country are making it difficult to use traditional health screening methods. We believe you should always have access to your vital health information, so we want to take a moment to highlight the at-home test kits we carry that are a fantastic alternative to the more traditional tests you’re familiar with.
What are home health tests?
Home health tests are very similar to the tests you would take if you physically came to a Life Line Screening testing site. They include everything you need to perform the test yourself, including step-by-step instructions.
In addition to testing tools and storage, the kits also include the secure packaging you'll need to send your test to a lab to be analyzed. We cover the cost of shipping both ways, so you only pay for the initial cost of the test. The labs used for our home tests are the same FDA-approved labs that we use for our usual in-person testing—they are licensed by the CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988) and certified by the CAP (College of American Pathologists). Your results will come to your home in discreet packaging, usually within 1-2 weeks of receiving your sample with a full breakdown of what we found as well as recommendations for next steps.
Why are these tests important?
Knowing the state of your health is always a good idea and can save you from dangerous developments down the road. Cancer survival rates are three times higher with early diagnosis. Catching liver disease early enough can prevent it from becoming life-threatening. However, having this information now is even more important than ever.
Research has shown that 90% of those hospitalized from COVID-19 had some kind of underlying condition such as hypertension, obesity, chronic lung disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Understanding your risk for these other conditions can help you plan the right steps to take to keep your health on track.
What are the limitations of home tests?
Home test kits can only sample blood and saliva, which means you won't be able to take tests that require an EKG or an ultrasound. Although there are no trained professionals present when you take your test, we have a dedicated support staff that is always ready to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to call or email us anytime if there's anything you don't understand.
What makes home tests a good alternative to traditional tests?
During this pandemic, traditional testing is all but impossible. Nonessential businesses will be slowly reopened, probably on a state-by-state basis. As of now, we don't have a definite date for when that will happen, which means no one can schedule any kind of future testing. If you don't want to wait to get a preventative health test, home test kits are the most convenient option.
It's important to note, though, that home test kits were being used before the COVID-19 crisis and will continue to be useful after life has returned to normal. For example, home tests are more convenient than going to a test site for people with mobility issues. And we all lead busy lives. Taking a health test in your own living room can save valuable time.
What kinds of home tests are available?
As we mentioned, almost any test that requires a blood or saliva sample can be done through a home test kit. Right now, we offer home versions of tests that fall into the following categories:
If you aren't sure which category a test you're looking for would fall under, you can view all of our at-home health tests right here.
Please know that we here at Life Line Screening are right here with you during this uncertain time. These home test kits are the best way we know to ensure you continue to have the vital health information you need to make the best decisions for yourself. Stay safe!