LEXINGTON, Mass., May 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- iSpecimen today announced a new initiative in the battle against COVID-19 and other diseases – mobile phlebotomy support that will bring convenient, at-home sample collection to patients and donors interested in advancing research who would otherwise have limited ability to participate.
The mobile service extends iSpecimen's ongoing mission to advance medical research by efficiently connecting researchers with patients, biospecimens, and the data they need to perform their important work. It also expands the company's recent initiatives to identify, collect, aggregate, manage, and ship specimens from COVID-19 patients.
Beginning immediately, mobile phlebotomists will visit the residence of patients who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection but would prefer to stay home rather than visit a clinic in order to provide samples for research. A licensed phlebotomist will draw blood or collect other samples that will be quickly delivered to research teams for use in their studies. In the case of COVID-19 collections, direct-to-donor services help expand access to samples from post-symptomatic patients, which will help advance the development of treatments, therapies, and potentially a vaccine.
"As we've done for the past eight years, we're helping medical researchers every way we can, even if in this case, it's going out on the road to physically get samples," said iSpecimen Founder and CEO Christopher Ianelli, MD, Ph.D. "We're calling on everyone who has recovered from the infection to consider providing blood samples as a way of expressing gratitude to health care workers and helping the collective cause."
To provide the service, iSpecimen has formed a partnership with myOnsite HealthCare, a company dedicated to mobile sample collection from consenting donors that opt for the convenience of having samples collected in their homes.
"Partnering with iSpecimen is a perfect way for us to help recovering patients assist the medical community and ultimately society," said Mayank Trivedi, myOnsite HealthCare president and CEO. "Currently, we have an opportunity to engender growing support from donors to better serve the medical community in the race to find a COVID-19 cure."
Added support for accelerating COVID-19 research
The mobile phlebotomy service is expected to collect highly sought-after donor samples in and around major U.S. cities, with an initial focus on recovered COVID-19 patients in the Boston and New York City areas. By eliminating the need for patients to spend time in clinic lines and waiting rooms, the mobile solution supports social distancing while also increasing the successful completion rate for longitudinal collection studies. The collected biospecimens will be used to better understand both the short-term and longer-term impact of a COVID-19 infection on immunity, allowing researchers the ability to study the level of COVID-19 antibodies present over time in blood samples obtained from people who were infected with the disease. Samples will also be used to help uncover biomarkers that correlate with various outcomes, e.g., asymptomatic resolution vs. serious or deadly symptoms. The data could also shed light on factors driving demographic disparities in outcomes.
As needed, the service can expand to support collections all across the United States for a wide variety of medical conditions and circumstances where the patient does not want to travel to a clinic to participate in research.
Sample donors wanted, seeking recovered patients to assist in pandemic fight
Since samples from recovered COVID-19 subjects are in high demand among researchers in pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies, iSpecimen is actively recruiting recovered patients to participate in a variety of COVID-19 research projects. Patients who are interested in potentially donating samples should visit iSpecimen COVID-19 Donor Registration for more information.
About myOnsite HealthCare myOnsite HealthCare is a technology backed healthcare services company dedicated to serving the needs of those who can't leave home on their own. With a sterling reputation with 99% patient satisfaction, myOnsite has become the fastest-growing national mobile phlebotomy company. The simple idea behind the creation of myOnsite HealthCare is to make blood draws convenient for patients whether it is a simple finder stick or a highly complex specimen collection protocol. myOnsite's native cloud-based healthcare platform provides a web portal for clients for real-time status updates and has electronic interfaces to dozens of EMR's, laboratories, and other healthcare organizations for 100% paperless workflow. myOnsite HealthCare aims to help healthcare organizations and clinical trials (CROs) with mobile phlebotomy, laboratory testing, and support services for preclinical studies and clinical trial management. myOnsite has developed a network of licensed, trained, and insured professionals. myOnsite continues to grow nationally with millions of specimens successfully collected. Visit myonsitehealthcare.com for more information.
About iSpecimen Headquartered in Lexington, MA, iSpecimen is the marketplace for human biospecimens, providing researchers with the specimens they need from the patients they want. The privately held company has developed the iSpecimen Marketplace, an online platform connecting healthcare organizations that have access to patients and specimens with the scientists who need them. Proprietary, cloud-based technology enables researchers to intuitively search for specimens and patients across a federated partner network of hospitals, labs, biobanks, blood centers, and other healthcare organizations. Researchers easily and compliantly gain access to specimens to drive scientific discovery. Partner sites gain an opportunity to contribute to biomedical discovery as well as their bottom line. Ultimately, healthcare advances for all. For more information about iSpecimen, please visit www.ispecimen.com.