Medical couriers handle medical items between labs and hospitals. These items often require specific handling considerations like temperature and stability. Medical couriers may also manage pickups and deliveries and send invoices as necessary.
Medical couriers do more than transport specimens. Sometimes, they are responsible for understanding the specific transportation requirements. This may be handling instructions, delivery time frames, or overall security of the time. They also manage item documentation where they ensure that each document corresponds to a specific item.
As a medical courier, they're responsible for mapping out the best possible route to their destination and managing the medical inventory. They also have to issue receipts and verify signatures at every drop point. Other responsibilities include logging mileage and ensuring that all actions are in line with HIPAA regulations.
To become a medical courier, applicants need a current HIPAA certificate; they can't secure the job without this. They may also require a high school diploma or a university degree, depending on the employer.