Direct-To-Consumer Testing: the business with lifestyle tests -- MEDICA Trade Fair

Direct-To-Consumer Testing: the business with lifestyle tests

Interview with Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Matthias Orth, Head of Laboratory Medicine at the Marienhospital in Stuttgart

The many possibilities the Internet offers also don’t shy away from laboratory medicine. The demand for biochemical or genetic tests continues to rise. Next to standard laboratory tests, a market developed in which the patient is the immediate recipient of clinical results. New distribution channels eliminate the physician as the responsible party.


Photo: Dr. Matthias Orth

Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Matthias Orth; ©privat

Photo: Doctor takes blood from patient

The respective companies take advantage of loopholes: While the physician takes the blood sample he truly becomes the one that orders the test and bears the overall responsibility; © Müllek

Photo: Laboratory staff evaluate DNA

Since DTC testings are used outside of the medical science realm, they are not subject to the necessary regulations such as quality controls and the required professional qualifications of the staff; ©

Photo: Melanie Günther; Copyright: B. Frommann

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