How we raised our COVID-19 testing capacity to 50,000 tests a day

Streamlining the Supply Chain

The first step in a successful testing operation is sourcing the necessary materials. From nasopharyngeal swabs to masks and face shields, sourcing these highly demanded materials can be a challenge. We have deep expertise and connections with medical suppliers, which we have been able to tap into for our testing operations. Since we manage over 60 testing sites across three states, we can leverage our buying power for more supplies at better rates.

Tech Powered User Experience

In addition to streamlining the supply chain, we built a user experience that incorporates technology at every step of the process — from the first assessment to final results reported. Patients can take the online assessment on their own time and quickly schedule an appointment that works for their schedule, if eligible. This simple scheduling feature allows patients to arrive at a testing location and get swabbed immediately rather than needlessly waiting in line for hours. Each patient also receives a unique barcode so we can track their appointment, sample, and results.

Mobile & Ad Hoc Test CollectionCenters

Last week, we announced the launch of two COVID-19 mobile testing units to rapidly deploy resources to Utah communities that are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus. These testing centers have helped us expand the State’s testing capacity and bring it to where it needs to be. As the demand for tests continues to increase, this unit will allow us to quickly open up more appointments and ensure wait times at testing locations remain short. Mobile and ad hoc testing centers are a crucial component of any successful COVID testing program. With over 60+ testing centers in operation, we are one of the largest providers of COVID-19 testing in the U.S.

Automated Laboratory Operations

We’ve benefited from an obsessive focus on Covid-19 testing. We do not have to operate labs that process any other types of samples or tests. Traditionally laboratories operate on a model where a single patient receives lots of tests (think of your last physical). The laboratory model in America broke because rather than one person having twenty (20) tests run against their sample now you have 20 patients having one (1) test run against their sample. As such the labs we setup across the country are outfitted for high speed manufacturing which means we focus on high efficiency alloquatting, pipetting with robotics, process automation across steps and PCR analysis focused on Covid-19. Our teams are ¼–½ the size of other operations and produce 2–3x throughput per day.

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