August 11 webinar: How in-house lab testing can transform care and efficiencies at campus health centers

As the pandemic continues, a health industry veteran will discuss how student health care centers can prepare for a return to campus this fall

By Medline Newsroom Staff | August 9, 2021

In-house lab testing at student health centers is essential to a smooth and safe campus reopening, especially this fall as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. On August 11,, 2021, at 11:00 AM CST Medline will host a webinar titled “How In-House Lab Testing Can Transform Your Health Centers.” The event will feature Doug Sharpe, a 25-year healthcare industry veteran and Medline’s vice president of Lab Capital.

The Medline Newsroom Staff caught up with Sharpe, who oversees a team of 13 lab specialists, to discuss how in-house lab testing can improve efficiencies and expedite care and treatment at student health centers, which are expected to face ongoing care challenges as they manage ongoing cases of COVID-19 along with other illnesses and injuries.

How does an in-house lab improve care at a campus health center?

A significant benefit of bringing the lab in-house is that it can help universities stop the spread of disease across a campus. To be able to get results quickly, potentially write a script, and let a student know face- to-face what they need to do to fight a disease is essential for student compliance. One of the difficulties that student health care clinics face by not giving quick results and waiting 24 hours or longer for results from a reference lab is the possibility of respiratory or STI conditions spreading across campus while waiting for results. Reaching a student after they leave the clinic, especially with HIPAA requirements, can be challenging. If I’m a practitioner and want to avoid a lot of inefficiencies, I would think about bringing some tests into my facility today that would give students immediate results.

What are you seeing in the student health center market with regards to the need for lab services?

COVID-19 shook up the market and changed the healthcare landscape, thus creating a new operating environment. While the pandemic has impacted us all in many ways, the growth of technology, coupled with more investment from private and public entities, are poised to be a game-changer.

Moderately complex lab offerings are one example that is changing how medicine is practiced while giving clinicians additional tools to monitor students. This profound change in diagnostics is driving change in the lab space. The traditional relationship with the student is being reimagined with more availability of easy to use CLIA and moderately complex devices.

Can you briefly describe Medline Lab Capital?

Our team at Medline Lab Capital assists customers across the continuum of care with knowledge of lab products, including CLIA waived, moderately complex, and highly complex lab products. Ultimately, we help customers make decisions that improve patient care. We do this by helping our partners evaluate their needs and analyze what options they have available to them. We have billing services, consultants available to help universities consider moderately complex products (CBCs), and technology that allows universities to reach students quicker.

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