[talk] COVID-19 testing without proprietary software

steve.b at osfda.org steve.b at osfda.org
Wed Aug 18 00:51:58 EDT 2021

Hopefully CityMD's texts have a link with a browser login?

Otherwise that would be a HIPAA violation
(seeing as how fake celltowers can be mail-ordered these days...)

FYI: I believe that testing at a macro level is helpful; and it's also 
helpful if you test positive at the micro level.
But a negative test at the micro level in my book is effectively a null 

On 8/17/2021 3:53 PM, Ibsen S Ripsbusker wrote:
> My great and good friends,
> I was excited to learn that BinaxNOW doesn't require a smart
> phone, since some other at-home tests do. Unfortunately, that won't
> be accepted by the place I need the test for (a doctor's office).
> Since you might be interested in my other discoveries, I include
> below some problems with other places.
> Rite Aid runs proprietary software and requires a Google account
> https://baseline.google.com/enroll/account/covid19mtch
> My local pharmacy runs proprietary software on a smartphone, only.
> Furthermore, it's apparently hard to use; I requested that my assistant
> register for me on her smartphone, and even she had trouble.
> https://myrx.io/
> CVS runs proprietary JavaScript. A separate inconvenience is that
> they require a "vehicle".
> https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing/covid-scheduler?symptoms=covid
> Walgreens runs proprietary JavaScript on the website, and I couldn't
> find a telephone number to see if it was possible to schedule
> by telephone.
> CityMD does not require proprietary software per se, but it requires
> that you receive text messages when there is a long wait, because
> this is how they manage the waitlist. They don't accept appointments.
> I tried pharmacies first because most doctor's offices don't have it, but
> I might wind in the end going to a doctor's office.
> With distinguished salutations,
> Ibsen
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