Northwell launches app to schedule at-home blood work

New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health announced on Oct. 8 the launch of LabFly, a mobile app through which patients can schedule blood tests in their homes or at work.

To use the app, patients or their caregivers create a user profile and upload photos of their insurance card and blood work prescription, after which they will be prompted to choose a day, time slot and location for the test. On the day of the blood work, LabFly will display the assigned Northwell lab expert's location as they travel to the patient's home or workplace. Test results will be available via the app within approximately four days of the procedure.

Though lab tests are typically covered by most insurers, LabFly charges an additional convenience fee of $19.99 to cover transportation and sample collection. According to the health system, that fee will likely not be covered by insurance.

LabFly, which was developed by the Northwell Health Labs division, is now available in the Long Island region. The app is expected to be operational across the health system's entire coverage area — including all five boroughs of New York City and Westchester — by the end of the year.

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