Frequently Asked Questions
- Is it covered by my health care plan?
Currently, HealthTab is an elective health service paid for by the patient. We are working to have our tests included under provincial health plans and private insurance programs. In the meantime, you can still make use of this convenient, time saving tool and take some invaluable steps towards improving your health.
- Why is HealthTab located in pharmacies?
Pharmacies are easily accessible in our communities and offer a growing number of health-related services. Your local pharmacist can review your medication and supplements, help you quit smoking, take your blood pressure, advise you in healthy lifestyle habits, and even administer flu shots. We think it makes a lot of sense for them to also provide you with a more convenient way to measure the numbers you need to know to live a longer, and healthier life.
- Can I still share my HealthTab with my doctor?
Absolutely. In fact, we encourage it. You can print or save your HealthTab as a PDF and share any questions or concerns with your doctor. Once your doctor has outlined a course of action, you can monitor your HealthTab with the help of your pharmacist and other health experts to track your progress. This makes for a highly efficient, team-based approach to your health. And the best part is: you’re the captain.
- How accurate are my results?
Proficiency testing (PT) data shows the HealthTab analyzer performs on par or better than most instruments used in medical laboratories. With every panel, it runs a series of internal quality checks before reporting any values. We’ve added to this an external quality assessment program operated by CEQAL to further ensure the reliability and accuracy of your results. For more information see Quality Control.
- One of my results was red. What should I do?!
Think of it as a check engine light, a signal that you should follow up with your doctor to investigate further. HealthTab uses the concept of risk ranges to help you interpret your results. Low risk is generally considered ‘normal’ and is represented by the color green. An orange or red value means a particular result was outside of the reference range established by the instrument manufacturer or the cut points set by clinical guidelines. Learn more
- I hate needles. Will it hurt?
The collection process is quick, sterile, and doesn’t involve needles. Your HealthTab analysis requires just a few drops of blood (0.1mL) from a simple finger prick. The lancet is similar to what many diabetics use regularly to check their glucose at home. It’s very low on the pain scale.
- How long will it take to get my results?
The process takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. Log in at the HealthTab kiosk with your account information, choose a panel, and provide your finger prick blood sample. Then you are free to go. You’ll receive an email notification about 15 minutes later when your results are ready. You can view them anytime by logging in at healthtab.com
- How often should I get a HealthTab?
As part of a general check-up, we recommend running a complete HealthTab once a year. If your results show areas where you might improve, you can work with your doctor, pharmacist, and other health experts to set your specific health goals and retest your HealthTab anywhere from 3 to 6 months thereafter to monitor progress.
- I’m exercising now and eating my veggies. How long before I see changes?
A healthy lifestyle can go a long way to helping you reach your weight goals, lower your blood pressure, and improve your HealthTab numbers. In fact, it’s possible to see a measurable difference in your results in as little as six weeks. Remember to always consult your doctor before starting an exercise program or making any significant changes to your lifestyle.
- Do you provide any other tests?
HealthTab currently allows you to measure and monitor up to 21 key health markers from two panels of tests. But it is possible that we will expand our menu in the future. If there is a specific test you are interested in, let us know.
- Do I need to fast before my finger prick blood test?
The short answer is: no. Before running a panel, you must indicate whether you’ve had anything to eat or drink (other than water) in the past 8 -12 hours. If you have, it is considered a ‘non-fasting’ or ‘random’ test and your results are interpreted accordingly. The health markers most affected by food and drink are your blood sugar, triglycerides, and LDL. For diagnostic purposes, doctors will generally request fasting results for these tests. But for general health screening a non-fasting test can still provide some worthwhile insight into your body’s metabolism and cholesterol levels.
- How old do I need to be to use HealthTab?
You must be 19 years of age or older to use HealthTab.
- What if I still have questions?
Send us an email and we will be happy to answer them.