This blog originally appeared on the Medline Newsroom.
Student health centers offering onsite COVID-19 testing are well-positioned to help stop the spread of the pandemic. With testing and technology all in one place, experts say it’s driving new thinking about how this clinical and operational advantage can support long-term success.
“The global pandemic has shined a light on the critical role lab plays in making quick and informed medical decisions,” said Doug Sharpe, vice president of laboratory capital at Medline. “Shifting lab resources and capabilities in-house has led to faster lab results to effectively diagnose and treat COVID-19 patients. We anticipate it will also play a stronger role in caring for everyday infectious diseases, like strep, influenza, and STDs.”
Offering lab services in student health center setting has several benefits for both the patient and the institution, including:
According to Sharpe, there are three things a student health center can do when evaluating the opportunity of an on-site lab:
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