Pilot In Austin Mixes Telehealth With Drive-Up COVID-19 Testing

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin-based company is running a pilot for COVID-19 testing using tele health in an effort to follow social distancing guidelines.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin-based company is running a pilot for COVID-19 testing using tele health in an effort to follow social distancing guidelines.

The program launched Saturday, and went from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 6611 River Place Blvd in northwest Austin.

The company, Reliant Immune Diagnostics, has a telemedicine app called MDBox, which offers things including reading a test, an interface for providers and patients and remote monitoring.

“It’s also positioned well because it’s able to do the same capability of connecting a patient with a tele health provider for these 15-minute COVID tests, so it’s able to push that through to the provider so that way they can review that test and they can diagnose remotely without ever having to face directly,” said Shane Stevens, the founder and CEO of Anyplace MD.

He said the app can detect symptoms and is able to monitor someone who may be at risk or someone who is diagnosed with the disease using the help of medical professionals.

“Our tele health extenders are dentists, audiologists, school nurses, folks who are not working,” Stevens said. “They don’t have a job so this keeps medical providers at work but away from the direct site so we’re avoiding that contact and it also helps folks get back to work on the front lines who really want to be there.”

Patients must qualify to receive a test, and if you are approved for the test, you have to schedule a visit time through the tele health site.

The cost is 65.95 for a test, tele med visit and diagnosis, in 15 minutes.

Professionals at the site use approved serological tests, and Stevens said he hopes they can expand statewide.

The app is also currently being reviewed by the FDA to detect things like strep throat and a UTI.

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Brenda Thompson,
Vice President of Human Resources

With over 20 years of Human Resource and Operations experience, Brenda brings her expertise and specialized skill set to Dental Health Management Solutions, AnyPlace MD and AnyPlace Audiology.  Her successful career includes working as an Executive Director in senior living communities and advancing her Human Resources career to Vice President of Human Resources. Brenda has a specific style and approach to balance risk-management and employee satisfaction.

Shane Stevens
CEO/Owner

Throughout my career, I have served and volunteered with several organizations including serving as an advisory board member for Concordia University Texas, an annual participant and supporter of Hounds for Heroes, the Special Olympics, and many others. I have also served as a deacon at the Austin Baptist Church since 2009. Shane earned a BS in Long-Term Health Care Administration from Texas State University in San Marcos.