Premier Medical Laboratory Services Doubles Antibody Test Capacity with OnGen Cloud-based Tech 

GREENVILLE, SC July 15, 2020 – As a growing amount of COVID-19 antibody tests are being administered, antibody testing efficiency is increasingly critical. Premier Medical Laboratory Services (PMLS), a leading commercial diagnostic laboratory, has found a way to increase their antibody testing capacity to now process 50,000 per day while decreasing their turnaround time – providing results in under 48 hours. PMLS has reached this level of efficiency by implementing a cloud-based laboratory information management system (LIMS), OnGen. OnGen LIMS interfaces directly with laboratory equipment, automating data entry, quality control, scheduling, and billing, streamlining their workflow.

Because OnGen integrates seamlessly with any electronic medical record system (EMR) that hospitals and physicians’ offices currently use, testing orders can be entered and communicated directly to laboratory instruments with modules that provide real-time results. That’s why PMLS is able to deliver antibody test results with an expedited turnaround time to physicians for their patients. Laboratories across the nation can drastically expand their workflow and bring antibody testing as well as COVID-19 PCR testing to an exponentially higher amount of patients that need it by implementing OnGen’s advanced LIMS.

“OnGen is the technology solution that we found most effective in automating many of our lab processes that would otherwise be done manually,” Kevin Murdock, Founder of Premier Medical Laboratory said. “We encourage other laboratories to use OnGen LIMS so that we can all better serve physicians who are providing vital COVID-19 antibody and PCR testing in battle against this pandemic.”

PMLS’s antibody test, or Immunoglobulin G/Immunoglobulin M enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (IgG/IgM ELISA), was granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) one month ago. It requires a blood draw administered by a physician or staff which is then sent to PMLS for the IgG/IgM ELISA. Results are provided within 24 – 48 hours upon lab receipt of the testing sample and determine if there is a presence of antibodies in the patient sample – indicating that the patient had a past infection of the COVID-19 virus and could potentially be immune to a reinfection. PMLS plans to increase their antibody testing capacity with OnGen to 100,000 serologic tests per day in the next two weeks. 

Information about OnGen LIMS:

  • fully HIPAA compliant
  • Can seamlessly work with any Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system
  • Has a physician outreach portal to ensure doctors can freely access information for their patients
  • Allows administrators to set multiple levels of access so unauthorized access of patient information is blocked
  • Includes modules that automate quality control, scheduling, testing and billing

Hospitals and physicians offices can provide COVID-19 antibody testing or PCR testing by clicking on the following link for easy account activation with Premier Medical Laboratory Services: www.premedinc.com/covid-19

South Carolina Laboratory Increases Testing Capacity to a Groundbreaking 620,000 COVID-19 Tests Per Month

~As states open, Premier Medical Laboratory Services provides unprecedented testing capacity for South Carolina~

GREENVILLE, SC May 8, 2020  – Premier Medical Laboratory Services (PMLS), the first commercial laboratory in South Carolina to be validated for COVID-19 testing, has expanded their hours of operation to meet current testing demands. Now capable of processing 20,000 COVID-19 tests per day or up to 620,000 per month, the laboratory has added employee shifts to remain operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Among South Carolina laboratories, this is a groundbreaking amount of test results being processed daily within the state.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, PMLS has progressively increased their testing capacity by adding staff, equipment, and by using cutting edge technology including OnGen, a cloud-based Laboratory Information System (LIS) which allows their testing orders to be entered and communicated directly to laboratory instruments. These measures combined have more than quadrupled the volume of tests that PMLS successfully processes each day.

PMLS’s COVID-19 test is a part of their comprehensive respiratory pathogen test. It is developed to determine the full causation for symptoms that a patient may be experiencing, as COVID-19 can exist as a co-infection. These results deliver vital knowledge – ruling out or detecting multiple causative pathogens and allowing a physician to provide the most suitable care for their patients during this critical time, helping to flatten the curve.

“As everyone prepares for opening up America again, we have adapted quickly so we can be prepared with the level of testing capacity needed for South Carolina,” said Kevin Murdock Founder of Premier Medical Laboratory Services. “We join everyone in wanting this pandemic to be controlled as soon as possible, so we are using the latest in technology and science to meet COVID-19 testing demands as they evolve.”

PMLS is working under FDA regulations to soon provide an antibody test which will indicate a patient that has had COVID-19 in the past and is potentially immune to a reinfection of the virus. As gathering data on COVID-19 to understand its complexities is of utmost importance in overcoming it, PMLS is dedicated to making this antibody test accessible to South Carolina as soon as possible.

As a reminder, Premier Medical Laboratory Services does not conduct specimen collection for their tests. Samples are collected via a specimen collection kit ordered by a healthcare professional and then sent to PMLS for processing. Results of this molecular diagnostic test are provided within 24 – 48 hours upon lab receipt of the testing sample – Lead times subject to extend due to volume.

Hospitals and physicians offices can provide COVID-19 testing by clicking on the following link for easy account activation with PMLS: www.premedinc.com/covid-19. For more information, please visit www.PreMedInc.com or call 1.877.335.2455.

Innovative Cloud-based Tech to Rapidly Increase COVID-19 Testing Capacity Across The US

~OnGen laboratory information management system accelerates lab results to help meet nationwide testing demand during outbreak~

GREENVILLE, SC March 31, 2020  – OnGen, an advanced laboratory information management system (LIMS) is helping laboratories to increase their testing capacity and provide testing results at an unprecedented rate during the COVID-19 outbreak. The OnGen platform enables testing orders to be entered and communicated directly to laboratory instruments for integration between labs, hospitals and physician’s offices. Because this software so effectively streamlines workflow during testing, laboratories like Premier Medical Laboratory Services, (PMLS), the first commercial laboratory to be validated in South Carolina for COVID-19 testing, have reported a drastic expanse in their testing capacity. PMLS has announced that they are increasing their testing capacity from 1,000 tests per day to 28,000 per week with the use of OnGen.

“At a time when every day is progressively changing and unpredictable, we realize the importance of implementing the most advanced technology to provide efficient and accurate results so healthcare providers can rely on us,” Kevin Murdock, Founder of Premier Medical Laboratory said. “OnGen has exponentially aided in our ability to do that.”

With an escalating number of COVID-19 cases in the US, the accessibility to laboratories that can process a high volume of molecular diagnostic testing is paramount. When laboratory personnel enter data manually it’s time consuming and limiting to the amount of tests that can be processed daily. OnGen automates the data entry process, quality control, scheduling, and billing, expediting COVID-19 testing and other laboratory testing processes so that labs like PMLS can manage an unprecedented influx of testing samples. OnGen invites laboratories across the country to increase testing capacity with higher accuracy and reliability using their LIMS to battle this global crisis and meet increasing testing demands.

“Our team developed the OnGen platform with scalability to enhance any laboratory’s testing volume while maintaining FDA and CDC regulations,” said Ryan Piper, President & CIO at OnGen. “The cloud-based technology that the platform employs is a ground-breaking solution to the laboratory infrastructure shortage that our country is facing with COVID-19 testing.”

OnGen integrates seamlessly with any electronic medical record system (EMR) that hospitals and physicians’ offices currently use. Conveying COVID-19 laboratory assays online with modules that provide real-time results, OnGen allows medical professionals to easily and efficiently gather data for a large amount of patients. Laboratories can drastically expand their workflow and bring COVID-19 testing to more of the people that need it in their efforts to help flatten the curve of the pandemic.

OnGen LIS:

  • Is fully HIPAA compliant
  • Can seamlessly work with any Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system
  • Has a physician outreach portal to ensure doctors can freely access information for their patients
  • Allows administrators to set multiple levels of access so unauthorized access of patient information is blocked
  • Includes modules that automate quality control, scheduling, testing and billing

OnGen is dedicated to supporting the laboratories and healthcare facilities that use OnGen LIMS from onboarding of the program to continuous technical support to ensure that clients can always prioritize patient care and be assured they always have the latest technology to assist in that goal. 

Laboratories looking to increase their testing efficiency and simplify workflow can visit www.ongen.com or call 888-345-7638.

Hospitals and physicians offices can provide COVID-19 testing by clicking on the following link for easy account activation with Premier Medical Laboratory Services: www.premedinc.com/covid-19

ABOUT ONGENOnGen is an advanced Laboratory Information System that automates laboratory processes for higher efficiency, accuracy, and profitability. OnGen is able to interface with the vast majority of laboratory testing equipment.  Since its founding, OnGen has provided a laboratory information system for laboratories that run everything from general chemistry to genomic sequencing tests. OnGen provides modules that include: order processing and resulting, advanced reporting and business intelligence, patient management, quality control, and a full medical billing suite tailored to laboratories.  OnGen also incorporates machine learning to incorporate trending data and analytics to further laboratory efficiencies. For more information, please visit www.ongen.com or call 888-345-7638.

ABOUT PREMIER MEDICAL LABORATORY

Premier Medical Laboratory Services (PMLS) is a CLIA and COLA regulated laboratory based in Greenville, South Carolina focused on providing clinically meaningful results to medical practitioners. Premier Medical Laboratory Services offers a variety of highly specialized tests including: the only Type II Diabetes molecular predisposition test available in the U.S., advanced cardiovascular testing, hereditary cancer screening, carrier screening, women’s health panels, pharmacogenomics, serum allergy testing, blood wellness, Hepatitis C genotyping, respiratory pathogens, gastrointestinal pathogens, and more. In addition to its specialty programs, Premier Medical Laboratory offers a comprehensive testing menu of general chemistry, immunoassay, and hematology tests. The company also is proud to offer a patient friendly billing policy. For more information, please visit www.PreMedInc.com or call 1.877.335.2455.

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