What Are the Benefits of Transplant Recipients Doing Home Blood Draws?

We have been living in a COVID-19 world for close to a year now, and the pandemic has changed society’s routines and forced it to delay—or go without—many things.

As a transplant recipient, however, you know that you cannot delay—or go without—certain things, especially those related to your care.

Routine check-ups with your transplant team can help detect transplant complications.

Labs are also incredibly important for transplant recipients like yourself because they asses the ongoing health of your transplanted kidney or heart. If you are a kidney-transplant recipient, important regular labs that you may need include:

  • AlloSure® or KidneyCare
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Anti-rejection-med levels (eg., Tacrolimus, Sirolimus, Cyclosporin, Everolimus)
  • Urinary Protein/Creatinine Ratio
  • Complete Metabolic Profile + Mg + Phos
  • Viral PCR (BK/CMV/EBV)
  • Urinary Protein / Creatinine Ratio

If you are a heart-transplant recipient, important regular labs that you may need include:

  • AlloSure or HeartCare
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Anti-rejection med levels (eg., Tacrolimus, Sirolimus, Cyclosporin, Everolimus)
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel + Mg + Phos
  • Viral PCR (BK/CMV/EBV)

Then and Now

With COVID-19 a central concern for most, the question is—how can you safely get your very important blood draws done while limiting your potential exposure to COVID-19?

At-Home Blood Draws – A Practical Way for Getting Important Labs Done

In close coordination with transplant centers, CareDx now provides RemoTraC, a remote, home-based, blood-draw solution using mobile phlebotomy for AlloSure and AlloMap® surveillance tests—as well as for other standard monitoring tests like immunosuppressant level, complete blood count, viral PCR, and Creatinine Ratio (kidney).

What Are the Benefits of Doing a Blood Draw at Home?

  • By reducing your visits to busy labs and hospitals, immunosuppressed people like you—who are at the highest risk during the COVID-19 pandemic—can now limit your potential exposure
  • A licensed mobile phlebotomist comes to your home and takes all necessary precautions (eg., wearing a mask, washing, and sanitizing hands, and even taking the blood draw outdoors where some patients feel more comfortable)
  • You are not responsible for any additional out-of-pocket costs beyond what you normally pay in a lab setting

 “Once again, we are amazed by the dedication and the willingness to literally go the extra mile by the care team at CareDx,” says Jim Gleason, president of Transplant Recipient International Organization (TRIO). “Many patients will benefit from a convenient service coming to their home. Transplant patients are concerned about timely information on the health of their transplant. RemoTraC might offer to many patients welcomed ‘peace of mind.’”

How to Sign Up

Talk to your doctor about getting your transplant labs done through RemoTraC, or sign up directly at

Once you sign up, a CareDx patient care manager will work with your doctor or transplant team to see if RemoTraC is right for you.