Direct-to-consumer laboratory (DTC laboratory)testing permits consumers to order laboratory tests directly from a clinical laboratory without necessarily having to work with their healthcare provider. Currently nearly 40 states allow consumers to order some or all of their laboratory tests. This model of lab testing is relatively new in the United States and little is known about its impact on consumers.

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Professor of Pathology & Immunology, and Obstetrics & Gynecology, Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Gronowski is a Professor of Pathology & Immunology, and Obstetrics & Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis Missouri). She is Associate Medical Director of the Clinical Chemistry and Serology & Immunology laboratories at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Gronowski received her Ph.D. in Endocrinology- Reproductive Physiology from University of Wisconsin, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. Dr. Gronowski is past president of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. Her research focuses primarily on the laboratory diagnostics of endocrinology and reproductive physiology with a particular emphasis on maternal fetal medicine. She edited the book entitled “Handbook of Clinical Laboratory Testing During Pregnancy”.

  • Devin

    I ordered testing through a site and it was fantastic. I was skeptical about it but when I called the customer service number they did tell me if I had health problem to go see a doctor immediately. The test I ordered were just test for immunity and needed for nursing school. When comparing the cost and time it would have taken to go see my doctor ,ordering online made so much more sense and cost lest 1/4 what they would have cost other wise. I used after looking at a bunch of other site but why not order labs online if there aren’t health problems.