A. The OSU Lab Test
cannot substitute for medical advice, diagnosis
or treatment. Diagnosis and treatment of human
illness should be based on your medical history,
including your family’s medical history,
and a physical examination along with your doctor’s
professional judgment and review of test results.
It is therefore important for you to discuss your
test results with your personal physician. Physician
judgment must remain central to the selection of
diagnostic tests and therapy options of a specific
patient's medical condition.
Who is The OSU Lab Test for?
A. Many people want
to take control of their own health. For this reason,
they want to know “where they stand” in
relation to risk factors for diseases such as heart
conditions, diabetes, and thyroid function. Once
they find out if they are at risk after taking
the test and receiving the results, they follow
up with their doctor for a treatment plan.
times, people do not want to have anyone know
what tests they are having conducted for confidentiality
reasons. In this case, they opt for direct access
laboratory testing as a reliable and completely
confidential alternative. It is always important
to remember that you need to discuss the results
of your tests with your physician for the purpose
of medical advice, diagnosis and treatment.
I buy the test card. Where do I actually
go to take the test?
A. Once you
purchase the test card, you call the phone
number on the back of the card to register.
You will then be scheduled to take the test
at a convenient testing center near your work
or home. Currently, testing centers are located
throughout Columbus, Ohio.
Q. How long does it take
to get the results?
A. Your laboratory
results will be available within 24-48 hours
after specimen collection for you to view online
at http://www.osulabtests.com by using your secure
password that will be assigned to you when
you register your test card. A hard copy of
your results will also be mailed to the address
you provide at the time of registration.
Q. How reliable are my
A. All testing
is completed by The Ohio State University Medical
Center Clinical Laboratory. The OSU Medical
Center Clinical Laboratory is fully accredited
by the College of American Pathologists (CAP),
American Association of Blood Banks (AABB),
Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health
Organizations (JCAHO), Clinical Laboratory
Improvement Amendment (CLIA) and the Food and
Q. Are my results confidential?
Ohio State University Medical Center Clinical
Laboratory respects your privacy. Personal
information collected from customers will not,
unless required by law, be shared with any
third party. The primary reason we collect
your personal information is for identification
purposes and to enable you to obtain your test
results. We do not distribute unsolicited e-mails,
nor, unless required by law, do we share the
names of our customers with any third party.
Q. Will Medicare or other health
insurance reimburse for direct access laboratory
A. To the best
of our knowledge and belief, direct access
laboratory testing is not reimbursed by any
health insurance company or by Medicare, Medicaid
or any other city, state or federal program.