- June 11, 2020
- Posted in Lab Testing Trends
Prognos is analyzing lab testing trends in 2020 and more specifically, looking at the impact of COVID-19 on testing trends at a national level.
Methodology: A large representative sample from the Prognos lab testing registry was pulled as a proxy for a national volume of testing. Then trends are compared on a weekly basis year-to-date.
Week ending June 5, 2020
- For 2020, the national trend in testing was initially stable through the week ending 3/13/20.
- There were expected drops in January and February due to holidays (MLK/President’s Day).
- Over the two-week period ending 3/27, the national trend decreased 24% and 40% weekly, for an overall drop of 54% over those two weeks.
- Since then, the market trend has stabilized and showing signs of recovery with consecutive weeks of double-digit percentage increases. Data from the most recent period (week ending 6/5) shows an increase of 37% over the prior week, and reaching testing volume levels seen immediately prior to the Covid-19 related drops.
- In comparing the most recent week’s volume to same week in the previous year, the national trend is even with last year’s volume, further indicating a return to levels seen prior to Covid-19 related declines.
For the most recent period (week ending 6/5) testing trends showed a 37% increase over the prior week, achieving a return to the testing volume seen prior to the Covid-19 related drops.
The national trend over the most recent annual period (4/19 – 6/20) shows a stable weekly trend, with dips associated with holidays. Testing for the week of 6/5/20 is 37% higher than prior week, and reaching the levels of testing seen prior to the Covid-19 related drops.
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