COVID at-home test will produce results in 15 minutes

Dr. Patrice A. Harris, CEO of eMed, talks about the FDA’s authorization of a rapid test for at-home use through eMed’s guided online service.
3:36 | 12/18/20

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Access to testing is as key a component to fighting the covid-19 pandemic and now the fda has authorized emergency use of a new at-home rapid test from avid laboratories. At $25 the test kit is the least expensive fda authorized rapid test for home use. Here to discuss is Dr. Patrice Harris, CEO of e-med. Doctor, you say it's the first virtually-guided at-home test. What does that mean? How does this work? First of all, thank you so much for having me. As it was noted in the opening, we've all seen the challenges to testing. The limited access points. The hours' long wait in line standing the car. Also waiting days for results. E-med wanted to be a part of the solution. We sought out a partnership with Abbott to offer their test, but add value with our digital health platform. Have certified guides to help individuals make sure they are testing -- taking the test properly. We want to make sure they're doing that properly and the results are validated and at the end of that process you can get digital certificates that validates that your results are negative. Dr. Harris, this all sounds amazing. I've been waiting in lines and waiting for test results, so I get it on a personal level. A big question a lot of people have, once someone has received the test, how quickly will they be able to meet or connect with a guide who helps them walk through the process? A person receives the test. I have a digital aid here. They'll receive this box and immediately will be instructed to download an app which will further guide them through the process. The first piece of the process is to make sure they meet eligibility requirements. All that means is they have the symptoms under the fda's eua. Once they go through that process, they will be told to sign on, to get in the queue and be linked in with the guide who will give them detailed instructions to make sure they're performing the tests correctly. Results will be available within 15 minutes. At the end of the test, based on the results, our guides will give them instructions as to next steps. Dr. Harris, how will these results -- how will this data be tracked on a statewide, national and regional level so we can see the trends on how this virus is behaving? Thank you for asking that question. That is also a critical piece of the value that we add. Through the app and through our platform we will be reporting those results up to local state and federal health officials. They can use these results to determine if there are outbreaks, to use these results to further contact trace and so it really is a large and important opportunity to be involved. We want to get people back to work, back to play, back to school, back to life. That's what we all want. Dr. Patrice Harris, we thank you for your time.

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