The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement and its research partner, Qualidigm, a regional member and collaborative healthcare consulting company, published an opinion paper “Qualitative review of early experiences of off-site COVID-19 testing centers and associated considerations” in peer-reviewed Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation. The research is based on a rapid assessment of the then-current (March-April) conditions of off-site COVID-19 testing centers (OSCTCs) across the United States. It discusses the challenges and offers considerations for healthcare organizations and others when setting up and running OSCTCs. It also aims to engage policy makers and leaders in the healthcare community in a discussion about emergency preparedness and how to better respond to testing needs going forward.
The five key challenges and considerations that emerged during the assessment are:
- Leaders and Partners
- Staff Protection
- Testing capacity and follow-up process for results
- Patients demographics
- Test reimbursement
Phase II of the OSCTC research includes a longitudinal analysis of sites described in Phase I, as well as interviews with public health departments, sites carrying out testing in highly impacted locations (jails and long term care facilities), those serving vulnerable populations, high risk workplaces, and private testing sites such as pharmacies.
Learn more about Phase II research methodology and objectives.
Read about ongoing findings of Phase II of the OSCTCs project and listen to interviews with OSCTCs experts on nrhi.org/covid19.