“Overall, the LIMS system will markedly enhance laboratory speed, function and efficiency,” he said.
Florida Blue President and CEO Pat Geraghty said Florida Blue supports UF Health Pathology Laboratories’ cost- and time-efficient efforts to ensure Floridians can safely return to their workplaces and schools across the state.
“When we learned of the groundbreaking work that UF Health is doing to make COVID-19 testing more cost-efficient on a large scale, we knew we wanted to help make that solution a reality,” said Geraghty. “This model of pooled testing significantly reduces costs and can be duplicated by other labs, making it possible to do the testing that needs to be done so Floridians can more safely return to their jobs and schools. Florida Blue is supporting UF Health with a three-year grant because we know that this needs to be a long-term solution.”
Florida Blue is more than tripling its COVID-19 community investments to over $7 million. In March, the insurer provided an initial $2 million to organizations across the state to address urgent health and safety needs. Florida Blue will invest an additional $2.5 million to provide access to testing and health care, food security and other essential needs for Floridians. Additionally, the insurer plans to contribute more than $2.6 million to United Way organizations across Florida.