Posted on October 13, 2016
Opportunity: Labs Provide Outreach at Employer Medical Clinics
On-site employee health clinics in the US are expanding in number and
scope, and medical laboratories are gaining opportunities to provide
outsourced diagnostic services to corporate clients. Many employers are
creating health clinics within or near their offices to make medical
care more accessible and affordable and less time-consuming for
employees. Established clinics are increasing the level of care to
include more health monitoring, screening, disease management, and
consulting services that medical and pathology labs can assist with,
according to Dark Daily. Laboratory testing often ties into
corporate wellness programs that seek to provide benchmarks for
employees to monitor their health and wellness progress. Some 29% of
employers had onsite health clinics in 2015, up from 24% in 2013,
according to a survey from Mercer, with most employers deeming clinics a
success due to increased production, better management of chronic
conditions, and other factors.
Laboratory operators can benefit from partnering with corporations to provide on-site diagnostic services to employees.
US consumer prices for medical care commodities, which may impact
medical and imaging laboratories' operational costs for equipment and
supplies, increased 3.6% in July 2016 compared to the same period in
US consumer prices for medical care services, an indicator of profitability for medical and imaging laboratories, rose 4.1% in July 2016 compared to the same month in 2015.
Total US revenue for medical and diagnostic laboratories rose 3.5% in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the previous year.