MIT Technology Review, April 15, 2011
Over the last few years, a small slice of medicine has moved out of the doctor's office and into clinics at CVS, Walmart, or other retail outlets. QuickCheck Health, a startup based in Excelsior, MN, aims to push this trend further by bringing more diagnostic testing to the home. The company is developing tests for urinary tract infections, strep throat, and other ailments that will be sold at drugstores for consumers to use at home. While consumer diagnostic tests are already in use for pregnancy, ovulation, fertility, HIV, and other conditions, treatment or follow-up care requires a visit to the doctor. At-home tests for other conditions, such as urinary tract infections, are available, but most doctors are reluctant to prescribe antibiotics or other medication without validating the results. QuickCheck Health plans to change that by requiring patients to log on to a website or call to learn the results of the test. If the test is positive, the user will be directed to an online healthcare provider, who can prescribe treatment.