PHILADELPHIA (June 17, 2020) – MidLantic Urology, the largest urology group in Pennsylvania, is collecting pathology specimens through a contactless courier service to avoid possible exposures to COVID-19. MidLantic Urology is averaging about 25 lab courier service pickups per week.
“Stay at home restrictions and other distancing measures designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 have caused a disruption in critical diagnosis and treatment of important health conditions for many patients,” said David Adams, Chief Operating Officer for the Academic Division of MidLantic Urology. “Cancer does not stop progressing because you can’t visit your doctor, and the same goes for other health conditions. We wanted to ensure our patients are still able to receive the quick diagnoses and effective treatments they need, while minimizing exposures to COVID-19. We found a way to extend our telehealth services and avoid our patients having to make a special office visit only to provide a urine sample by having our patients collect their specimens at home.”
In late April, MidLantic Urology’s pathology lab began offering a courier service as an extension to their telehealth services. The purpose of the courier service is to offer at-home specimen collection for patients who need a urine analysis test, which is typically used to diagnose urinary tract infections and bladder cancer. The courier pathology service is currently offered by physicians at all 46 MidLantic Urology locations; however, the service is only being used for clinical necessities as determined by a physician and not for convenience.
The collection process is simple. MidLantic Urology’s contracted courier, Judge Courier, brings receptacle at the patient’s home, the patient collects the urine specimen and places it outside their door, and then the courier brings it back to the pathology lab for expedited results.
The service has been well-received by MidLantic Urology’s patients, as the courier service is picking up an average of 25 specimens for lab testing each week. MidLantic Urology is also offering telehealth appointments for patients, as well as seeing limited patients in office.
ABOUT MIDLANTIC UROLOGY:
MidLantic Urology is one of the largest and most innovative health care providers in the country. Our group combines an unprecedented level of top urology specialists with clinical research and state-of-the-art technology to offer the highest quality of personalized care. Our approach comes directly from the private practice model. We believe in highly personalized and compassionate care. Our specialists are by our patient’s side throughout their entire care journey. With 46 locations throughout the region, we strive to provide the most convenient access to all our patients. To learn more about MidLantic Urology, visit https://midlanticurology.com.