HHS funds development of at-home flu test devices, which could impact the way health systems respond through population and telehealth initiatives, plus other innovations.

Flu season typically packs emergency departments and urgent care centers with sick patients, who, in turn, spread the very infection the health system is attempting to quell.

Thanks to two over-the-counter diagnostic tests for influenza under development with support from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the future may look very different, presenting health systems and hospitals opportunities to activate population health and telehealth initiatives, as well as pharmacy innovation.