Mobile blood drawing company comes to you

Published: Apr. 13, 2016 at 3:40 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Richmond company refers to itself as the "Uber" for blood. It's a mobile blood drawing company that wants to make your life easier and healthier.

How often do you skip your doctor's request to get a blood test for things like cholesterol or diabetes?  Maybe you don't have time to drive to a lab?

Well, roll up your sleeve because Iggbo is coming to you. "Think of Iggbo as the Uber of phlebotomy," said co-founder Dr. Shaiv Kapadia. "It's on-demand blood drawing, now, the future, whenever a doctor orders a blood test."

Iggbo says one out of three people never make it to the lab for a blood draw. With Iggbo, doctors log onto the company website and order the test.  A phlebotomist, or Iggie, as they call them, contacts you to set a convenient time to draw your blood at your home or office. "When I arrive at the patient's home, I will open the Iggbo app, hit 'draw started' and proceed from there," explained an Iggbo phlebotomist.

Kapadia says their phlebotomists follow strict protocols to transport blood safely to a lab. "So if it needs to be centrifuged, if it needs to be packed in dry ice, we follow it to a tee," he told us.

Iggbo has increased business for its partner laboratories and created jobs for phlebotomists, but it also can increase the chances that you get your blood test completed. "We have a 98 percent compliance rate. What that means is that when the doctor orders the blood, he knows it's going to get drawn," said Kapadia.

That can mean better care for patients.

"Now your physician knows if your diabetes is under control, is not under control, do I need to intensify medications, or work on my diet more," said Kapadia.

The labs pay Iggbo for their service. So you'll still pay the lab for your blood work and a possible convenience fee. Iggbo describes your additional cost as zero to inexpensive, saying it varies based on the test and distance driven.

Since starting the service last year, Iggbo now serves 120 cities with 7,000 phlebotomists.

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