The Implementation and Acceptability of a Combined Mobile Application with a COVID-19 at-Home Test Kit

Telemed J E Health. 2022 Jul;28(7):1064-1069. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2021.0487. Epub 2021 Dec 13.


Introduction: Testing facilities for COVID-19 were stood up around the country during the pandemic, but could not handle the demand. This study aimed to combine a mobile application (App) with an at-home test kit to facilitate home-based testing. Methods: After integrating an App with an at-home testing service, we measured the time between sample collection and notification of results. We recruited 92 volunteers to utilize the platform. Results: Sixty-one percent (55/92) responded to the survey. Median sample collection-to-result time was 2.2 days (IQR = 1.3-3.2). Eighty-two percent (45/55) found the self-test kit and App easy to use. Eighty-four percent agreed that the combined solution is an acceptable way to receive health care services. Discussion: Decreasing testing time and providing timely test results improve care access and decrease the risk of infection. Combining a tailored App with an at-home testing service is a feasible solution to reaching that goal.

Keywords: COVID-19 testing; at-home testing; implementation; m-health; smartphone app; usability.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19* / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Mobile Applications*
  • Pandemics
  • Surveys and Questionnaires