Who Are We?
Jean H. Poole, CEO and Edward W. Poole, President
In 2001, we launched Health Tests Direct to create accessibility, reliability, and affordability for those who are in need of blood tests but do not have the capability of getting them through typical measures. This may be because of health insurance matters, financial difficulties, privacy issues, or maybe lack of physical ability. HTD was and is intended to provide our users with the answers they need concerning their blood health, with ease and accuracy. Jean and I feel our work is important and we are honored to do it every day.
Jean and I have been married for more than three decades (32 years). We work well together while ensuring the job gets done- the right way...meaning, Jean's way, usually. 😊 As well, we've created an office environment that values our employees as much as we value our customers. Our employees are like family and we are as loyal and dedicated to them as they are to us. They and we also have a lovely little helper at the office, named Sadie. Sadie happens to have four legs and a consistently fast-wagging tail. Sadie greatly contributes to our upbeat office atmosphere, prompting smiles wherever she wanders.
This is Our Story
In late 2000, we saw the need and decided to do something about it. We launched Health Tests Direct (HTD) on February 12, 2001. HTD became the new "personal health" services addition to our older (since 1991) "workplace health and safety" services company, OHS Health & Safety Services, Inc. (OHS Inc.).
OHS Inc.is a family-owned California corporation that Jean and I established in 1991. It’s headquartered in beautiful Orange County, California, where Jean and I also have our home. OHS is a "business to business" enterprise. OHS creates and administers Drug-Free Workplace programs for other companies, which involves employee pre-employment, random, and other drug testing. OHS also provides workplace safety services to other companies including background checks, pre-placement physical evaluations, OSHA respirator certification, and USDOT training to more than 1,700 large and small multi-diverse companies throughout all 50 U.S. states and parts of Canada.
Ten years later, in 2001, we created HTD as a separate and unique "business to consumer" online program to provide more-reasonably-priced blood testing services. It was to be and is especially devoted to benefit those in the general public that are either totally without health insurance, or, have deductibles too high to make blood tests affordable. We created a website designed to offer the public deeply discounted pricing for laboratory blood tests and blood test panels that could be ordered and paid for online, directly through our website.
Interesting Facts and Stats About HTD
- HTD was among the first U.S. internet-based businesses to enable Direct Access Testing (DAT), also commonly referred to in the medical field as "Self-Ordered Tests". Thanks to FDA approval and oversight, DAT allows the adult general public to self-order many common – in some cases life-saving - laboratory blood tests and laboratory blood test panels for themselves online. No need to first pay for a doctor's office visit. Order without a doctor’s prescription.
- In 2001, there were more than 44,000,000 uninsured people in the USA! Launching HTD helped to make the expediency and affordability of Direct Access Testing for laboratory blood tests possible for those 44 million uninsured. Thanks to the cooperation of Quest Diagnostic Laboratories, our HTD website continues to make these tests available to everyone at a 50%-91% savings.
- HTD makes it convenient and less expensive for the uninsured general public to self-order many of the blood tests most commonly prescribed by physicians for their patients. Even better, our website enables them to do so, (a) online, (b) without a prior doctor’s visit or written prescription, and (c) at discounted savings of 50%-91%.
Why We Provide Blood Tests Online
With so many uninsured and under-insured in the USA, we believe it imperative to provide affordable support to a community in life-threatening or life-altering situations. Our Health Tests Direct website is completely dedicated to this endeavor!
Since 1991, OHS has contracted with Quest Diagnostics Laboratories for our employee drug testing services. That contract enables us to provide Drug-Free Workplace programs to business and industry throughout all 50 states. In 2001, it became a natural fit to use Quest Diagnostics blood testing services to help us provide private citizens with affordable blood testing nationwide, too.
We intend to continue our efforts and to help cushion those millions of consumers from the overall rising costs of healthcare.
We hope to educate, as well as deliver on our mission to serve you. Believing that knowledge is power, we offer our visitors a FAQ page, as well as the resources pages Reasons for Blood Tests and Glossary of Health Terms to help make smart choices that are better understood.
We are honored that Health Tests Direct has been awarded an A+ Business rating by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) each and every month of our 22 years serving the general public.
OHS Inc. - dedicated to safety in the business sector - has also received an identical A+ rating by the BBB every year since 1991. That’s 32 consecutive years and counting!
We are family-owned, family-managed, and proud to have served the business and industrial community for more than three decades. As well, Health Tests Direct has served health-concerned, cost-conscious consumers now for more than two decades.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our services, who we are, and why we do this!
Edward W. Poole, President
OHS Health & Safety Services, Inc.
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