Trinity Health System Ohio Faced COVID-19 Testing Challenges: Designed its Own Test

Apr 20, 2020 | Coronavirus, COVID-19, Lab, Ohio, Testing, Trinity Health System

Trinity Health System Ohio Faced COVID-19 Testing Challenges: Designed its Own Test

Trinity Health System develop an in-house molecular test for diagnosing the COVID-19 infection. Consequently, it is the only hospital in the area with in-house testing services. Up till this point, all tests needed to be outsourced to a Pittsburgh reference laboratory.

QA & Emergency Authorization

The team recently completed quality assurance and validation studies, reported the local Weirton Daily Times. Next, the university must apply for emergency use authorization with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The RT-PCR Test

Now the health system can commence utilization of the molecular RT-PCR test for detection of SARS-CoV-2 in the microbiology laboratory at Trinity West once they have all green lights. Testing would only be fore those who meet criteria for COVID-19 testing established by the Ohio Department of Health.

Trinity Health System Testing Program

This Ohio-based health provider offers full-services testing at a state-of-the-art laboratory accredited by the CMS for intermediate and/or high complexity testing. The Trinity Health System laboratory is also accredited by the College of American Pathologists and the American Association of Blood Banks. Their lab is staffed by three physician pathologists and 84 laboratory professionals who conduct nearly 1 million tests per year.

Getting on Top of the Pandemic in Ohio

Systematic, consistent, and comprehensive testing represents a mission-critical prerequisite to open up communities again and head toward normalcy. America has faced gaps in testing capacity throughout the country: some regions fared better than others. But overall there has been a lack of a national, integrated, and orchestrated testing response. That is starting to change as American ingenuity ramps up and soon scales up across the country as combinations of the public sector and private sector mix and match in various ways to bring solutions to the market.

Dr. Himanshu Doshi, chairman and medical director of the Trinity Health System laboratory, echoed this theme noting, “Widespread availability of diagnostic testing is critical in helping identify and control the emergence of this rapidly spreading illness.” Highlighting the point, “While our lab has all the necessary state-of-the-art equipment to run the tests, we were limited by lack of availability of the FDA approved testing kits (so) we decided to develop an in-house test.”

Who is Trinity Health System?

Trinity Health System provides care to a service area of just over 200,000 people in Ohio. The provider achieved accreditation by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals of America and the Catholic Hospital Association, Voluntary Hospital of America, and the Catholic Hospital Association. The system offers a full array of acute and outpatient services on two campuses.

Part of the Larger Common Spirit Health

Trinity Health System is part of Common Spirit Health, a nonprofit Catholic health system created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. With its team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, the parent operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. By FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and offered $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. See