July 27, 2015—Sonora Quest Laboratories has launched My Lab ReQuest, a new service that allows patients in Arizona to order certain lab tests on their own. A new Arizona law, effective July 3, lets consumers engage in direct-access testing from a licensed clinical laboratory without physician orders.
The direct-access testing service will be offered at all of Sonora Quest’s 70 patient service centers statewide. This includes access to centers in the metropolitan areas as well as communities at all ends of the state. With Arizona locations from Kingman to Show Low and Sierra Vista to Yuma, Sonora Quest is able to reach the largest portion of Arizona residents and visitors and is the only laboratory offering direct-access testing to the majority of Arizona’s rural communities.
Laboratory upstart Theranos, which lobbied for the law that took effect earlier this month, offers direct-access testing at more than 40 Walgreens locations in Arizona
All direct-access tests offered by Sonora Quest─a joint venture of Quest Diagnostics and Banner Health─are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Sonora Quest’s laboratories are accredited by the College of American Pathologists. Sonora Quest voluntarily participates in the CAP’s proficiency testing as well as in-depth inspections of all laboratories.
“This is a new era in health care consumerism, and as Arizona’s leading provider of diagnostic testing and information we will do all we can to support the needs of the entire health care community,” Sonora Quest CEP David A. Dexter said in a statement. “Consumers expect the most accurate and up-to-date diagnostic information to proactively manage their health so that they can make educated decisions.”