The National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Thursday announced the launch of a pilot program that will allow people to receive free testing, consultation and treatment for COVID-19 from their homes.
The NIH estimated up to 8,000 eligible individuals will participate in the pilot program, called the Home Test to Treat program, which will be led by local and state officials in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
“At-home testing for COVID-19 is now widely available in the United States, as are antiviral treatments, and this program combines easy home access to both,” said Bruce Stromberg, director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the NIH.
“The Home Test to Treat program allows those who are sick an alternative to venturing out for testing or treatment, potentially reducing the spread of COVID-19 in the community,” he said.
Other communities around the country will be selected to participate in this program based on need, socioeconomic factor and access to healthcare, according to the NIH. The agency said it is aiming to offer this service to up to 100,000 people in the U.S. over the next year.
The telehealth services for the pilot program will be provided by eMed, which will also host the Home Test to Treat program website. Data collected from this pilot will also be analy …