Direct Access Testing

What is the Direct Access Testing (DAT)?

Recently approved by the House of Delegates in 2021, there is a movement that empowers consumers to take responsibility for their own healthcare and has created a major paradigm shift in healthcare.  This shift moves from clinician-driven focus to consumer-driven focus, which has led to the development of direct consumer access to laboratory testing commonly referred to as direct access testing (DAT). 

DAT is generally defined as consumer (as opposed to physician) requested laboratory testing and does not require a doctor’s order.   DAT is characterized by

Tests are usually ordered without clinician consultation and the consumer is responsible for any follow-up with their clinician. The expansion of direct access testing (DAT) services has entrusted consumers with greater control over their health and decision-making capability.
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