As the entire world is feeling the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are thankful for the healthcare community, especially to those on the frontlines. On May 15, Dr. Jon Cohen, BioReference’s Executive Chairman spoke with HLTH, a large-scale forum for collaboration across senior leaders from established payers, providers, employers, pharma, startups, and investors, as well as representatives from government, health associations, media, about BioReference’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What Topics Did Dr. Cohen Cover with HLTH?
- Complexities and accuracy of serology (antibody) testing for COVID-19
- Overall COVID-19 testing strategy in the United States
- How BioReference is supporting employer COVID-19 screening programs, which will aid in return-to-work policies
About BioReference’s COVID-19 Response
At BioReference, our priority remains in the health and safety of our employees, and the healthcare providers, patients and communities we serve, and we are doing our part to deliver answers during these uncertain times. BioReference Laboratories is accepting specimens for two types of COVID-19 testing, diagnostic molecular testing and serology antibody testing, from healthcare providers, clinics and health and hospital systems throughout the United States, to promote earlier diagnosis of the coronavirus, assess a patient’s immune response to the virus and aid in limiting spread of infection.
BioReference is offering a real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (real-time RT-PCR) assay, indicating an active infection as well as a semi-quantitative immunoassay that measures SARS-CoV-2 specific IgG antibody levels in the blood, detecting the patient’s immune response after COVID-19 infection. Both tests have been made available pursuant to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization for diagnostic testing in CLIA certified high-complexity laboratories. For more information, visit https://www.bioreference.com/coronavirus.
Create Health’s Future
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Cohen spoke with the HLTH team to provide timely facts and updates. Watch the full interview.
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