Medical Couriers and Mobile Phlebotomists: The New Frontiers in Personalized Healthcare.

Back in the not so recent days, those who lived out in the rural areas and well outside the big city hospitals had to travel for hours to get access to adequate healthcare. But thanks to technology and tele-medical innovations made real by the COVID-19 pandemic, anyone with a network and a phone has an instant access to a clinician. What about labs?

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Well, nowadays, the labs come to you. A simple google search of “mobile phlebotomy services” lands tons of independently contracted mobile specimen collectors who would happily come to you anytime of the day or night to have your samples collected, blood drawn, and sent to a lab for testing. Ms. Estevez from Bevelx Labs, who supervises the company’s mobile phlebotomy services, says that a lot patients she encounter often do not believe that such service was possible until either a friend or their physician suggested it to them. The notion that some companies like Bevelx Labs even operate 24/7 is ‘mind-blowing’ to a lot of patients that she encounter in Houston.
 
Just a few years ago, a very few people would have expected this fast rise in mobile health services. This new normal mode of basic healthcare service has even made it possible for doctors to reach new patients and retain old ones by simply partnering with a medical courier and a mobile phlebotomist. She could even choose to close his physical location of practice and see all her patients from home. The mobile phlebotomist does the leg work needed for labs while the patient rests comfortably at home. Medical labs needing to have some samples sent to another lab for testing simply partner with a local medical courier who maintains a certain scheduled route daily or on-demand. The medical landscape has truly changed a lot.
 
The advent of a more personalized healthcare and a more accessible medical landscape still largely have a few major challenges, especially in a world of a persistent pandemic, for which mobile health services can truly solve.
 
Medical supply shortages
Since the pandemic, certain items have become harder to obtain. Perhaps a backlogged logistics chain somewhere in China or maybe due to a closed port somewhere off the coast of India because half the workforce is on sick leave due to COVID-19. There are many reasons why a slow-down somewhere along the supply chain ultimately leads to a patient not receiving adequate or urgent care. Thankfully, local medical courier companies such as Bevelx Labs take this into consideration in ensuring well-stocked specimen collection tubes and other items necessary for mobile phlebotomy and specimen collections.
 
High costs
The rising costs of gas and travel has made it very difficult for large logistics companies to continue serving local smaller routes such as doctors’ offices and urgent care centers. Instead of investing their fleet of trucks and channeling their funds to diesel purchase, they have increasingly partnered with local medical couriers companies like Bevelx Labs in Houston, to continue to service their clients. Medical centers and senior care facilities have also taken notice. They too have started hiring local medical courier companies to ensure their critical samples reach the labs for testing.
 
The solution: Medical Courier Services and Mobile Specimen Collections.
Shifting specimen transport to medical courier services allows logistic management within healthcare institutions and large fleet companies to do more with less. Medical couriers deliver not just specimens, but also medical instruments, medical reports, radiographs, and much more. With the ever-changing healthcare landscape, having reliable, well-trained, and locally sourced logistical support is vital. Mobile Specimen collections is equally vital in today’s fast-changing healthcare field because it expands and improves access to specialized care to those with limited mobility. Overall, the more we generally live longer and the demand for long-term health management for the elderly increases, mobile healthcare service becomes even more critical.
 
Bevelx Labs
07/20/2022