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Quest Diagnostics Inc. is offering services to large employers geared at getting their employees back to work safely, including testing for the novel coronavirus, analytics to monitor symptoms and hotspots, and services like temperature monitoring, the company announced Wednesday.
The Quest program joins similar ones fromLaboratory Corp. of America Holdings and health providers like primary-care clinic One Medical, showing how reopening efforts have created a new way for health-care companies to market their services.
Testing could take on an even greater role in the back-to-work push in the U.S., thanks to significantly improved availability of both diagnostic testing and antibody tests that screen for prior infections. Even so, many employers have approached the subject cautiously. Obstacles abound, including the complex logistics of testing a workforce, the cost of a large-scale program, and the privacy concerns raised by employers taking on an unusually invasive role in their workers’ health.
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