Summit Health has the network to visit the employee at their home to conduct the health screening. When employees participate in this option they receive information about the screening and how to prepare for the type of screening tests selected. They receive the same level of one-on-one coaching as they would at an onsite screening event. The actual screening takes 12-15 minutes, but the screening staff needs additional time to set up and to repack their equipment and supplies.
Employees may use Summit Health’s online appointment system or place an 800 phone call to schedule an appointment for a health screening at their home. The standard option for at-home Healthy Heart screening is venipuncture with or without fasting. Summit Health can provide for finger stick screenings at the employee’s home under special arrangements. Since the finger stick screening requires a certified, CLIA-waived instrument such as the Cholestech LDX®, there are special scheduling requirements associated with finger sticks.
Interpretive risk analysis is available within two weeks after the at-home screening via a comprehensive report mailed to the patient. Prior to the report being mailed to the patient, a physician reviews each individual’s laboratory results. The comprehensive report mailed to the patient shows the actual laboratory results and an interpretation of the results.
The coaching occurs after the employee receives their test results (available both electronically and via customized paper report that is mailed). Summit Health coaches use the electronic report to conduct telephonic coaching with the employee to discuss their results and appropriate next steps. Results coaching over the telephone for at-home screenings follow the same guidelines as “one-on-one” coaching at on-site screenings. During the telephonic coaching session the coach discusses the participant’s screening results, making sure the participant understands if their results put them at any health risks and gains knowledge regarding prevention and maintaining wellness. Customized coaching options also exist for the at-home screening option.
When at-home screening results meet threshold criteria, Summit Health’s medical referral process applies. A Summit Health professional calls the participant and reports the results. The participant is instructed to contact their PCP and report the results. When results are in the panic range the participant is directed to find urgent medical care.