Lair said crucially, the high level of accuracy of the test results is still there with these new instruments.
“The accuracy is still there. It is above par in standards, because you do not want to sacrifice accuracy with speed ... Premier does not want to sacrifice one or the other,” Lair said.
Premier Health said in an announcement about the grant that faster testing can enhance the protection of other patients and staff and will enable Premier Health to significantly reduce the use of personal protective equipment around patients who have tested negative for COVID-19.
“In the absence of a vaccine, screening tests for COVID-19 are vital in ensuring our patients’ safety and peace of mind. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to PNC for their generosity in making the purchase of these testing machines possible,” Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health, said in a statement.
Dayton-based Premier Health operates Miami Valley Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital North and Miami Valley Hospital South, Atrium Medical Center and Upper Valley Medical Center. The hospital network also operates drive-through testing sites in the region, including the drive-through test collection site at OnMain, which recently moved from UD Arena.