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The Top 3 Considerations When Launching a COVID-19 Testing Program

April 15, 2021
Strategy

Corporate COVID-19 testing programs are helping businesses across America reopen safely & confidently. We know we need these programs more than ever, and we know they pay for themselves

So for companies that are considering launching or overhauling an existing corporate testing program, what are the three most important considerations to keep front of mind when building your program?

#1. Hidden Costs

When you launch a testing program, you will need to select the technology & lab partners that will supply & fulfill the testing needs of your workforce. With this comes cost & complexity. There are often hidden administrative costs within those depending on the collection method, the facility requirements, and the expected volume of testing throughput

For example, there are at-home tests now that anyone can use and results can be received in 15 minutes. However, the device readers that analyze the samples from  these tests are only capable of processing  one test at a time. So for companies with requirements for large volumes of testing, this is not an ideal  solution for you as the hidden costs will balloon for the scaling of equipment, labor hours and lost wage production. 

It is important to have a clear understanding of your requirements and a trusted advisor to ensure your program is created uniquely with those needs in mind.  

#2. Nuanced Results Matching the Right Technology to the Use Case

Choosing whether you should use a lab-based PCR test, a rapid antigen test, a serological antibody test, or any of the other COVID-19 diagnostics on the market requires a deep understanding of what the virtues and limitations of each test are and how those features map onto your organizational needs.

When you look at the performance metrics of COVID-19 testings, you need to look very closely dissect the implications of inaccuracies in different scenarios. If you receive a false positive, this is a result that incorrectly indicates that a staff or community member has COVID. That is an entirely different scenario than a false negative, where someone is falsely cleared and does in fact have COVID. 

These two scenarios have very different risks and depending on the needs of your organization, those risks are going to have different costs for you. 

Under a false negative, an employee could be told that they are cleared to come to work resulting in a dangerous situation onsite for your entire staff. With a false positive, the costs to your organization could be dramatically different depending on your industry

If you're in an office setting where an employee can be asked to work from home until they get the lab based PCR test, maybe you're not so concerned about the false positives. If you're a film production company, you may be forced  to shut down production entirely because someone critical is unable to come to work. 

Measuring the costs of false negatives & false positives and developing a response plan is critical to ensuring your organization is prepared and using its resources wisely. 

#3. Removing Barriers

One of the most common struggles in any organization is employee adoption. In order to have a successful corporate testing program, it is essential to ensure your employees commit to testing. 

This includes everything from ensuring compliance, proper training to certify that your workforce is conducting tests correctly, and incentivizing the behaviors you expect from your staff to ensure quality control.

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While these are the top 3, the truth is there are hundreds of considerations when standing up a testing program. At Wellstand Health, our team is here to help guide you through this process. 

We hone in on the areas that are critical for your team to know. From determining the right testing protocols, to the testing rollout, to training, supporting, and certifying your workforce. 

Let us help you. Contact us any time.

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