How to get a good score in Geauga Public Health’s new state of the art health testing program
The Geauga County Public Health Department (CGPD) recently launched a new state-of-the-art health testing platform called the Geauga Health Testing Program.
It is a first in the country, according to CGPD Director of Health and Social Services John Fritze.
“We’ve been trying to figure out how to best make the transition to this system,” he said.
The new state testing platform is based on the same technology used by Geauga’s other testing facilities, including the Hamilton County Health Department.
“It’s the closest thing to a fully-fledged clinical environment for testing,” Fritzes said.
CGPD will be running a pilot program that will test the new testing environment over the next few months.
“The whole point is to be able to get as many people as possible testing and see what they have and get a baseline,” he explained.
The Geaugas new testing platform will allow Geauga residents to get results faster and easier.
In addition to the Geaugans Health Testing program, the new system will test about 2,200 people a year at five of the county’s six sites.
Those sites are: Eastside, Downtown, Westside, and Southside.
“These are the places where you’ll see the biggest spikes in health issues and concerns,” Fries said.
“You’ll see a lot of cases that are very difficult to diagnose.”
The new testing will be conducted on an on-site basis.
“I can’t really talk about the exact times, I can’t talk about what will happen during those times,” he told ABC News.
Frites said that the new process is designed to allow Geaugashans to get tested as soon as possible.
“Every time they do the test, they’ll have their results within 24 hours, which is about half an hour,” he added.
The county’s two other health departments also announced the creation of a new health testing and assessment tool called the Community Health Testing Tool.
The tool is intended to help the county assess and address health issues that might be associated with the aging population in Geaugats urban areas.
“If you look at what’s going on in our city, it’s a lot more complex than just the older population,” Fritz said.
According to Fritz, it is critical for the county to create a centralized site where it can share information with other local health departments.
“There is no single place where that information will be shared,” he stressed.
The pilot program will also allow the county and the Hamilton county health department to share information about health issues across the county.
The Hamilton County Department of Health is also participating in the pilot program.
“This is the first time that we’ve ever had this type of collaborative approach with a county health director,” Frys said.
Fries added that the department has already seen an uptick in health concerns.
“As we’ve gotten older, we’ve had a higher number of health problems,” he noted.
“Now we’re seeing it all of a sudden.”
The county plans to be in the process of identifying the best sites for the new tool.
“Once we’re up and running, we’re going to look at all the different sites and figure out what’s the best fit for the community,” Friez said.
Currently, the Geagas Health Testing and Assessment Tool is used for a limited number of people, but Frits said the goal is to expand it to more people as the population ages.
“Hopefully we can be a good fit for everybody and have as much health as we possibly can,” he stated.
The testing and evaluation process is a huge step forward in the county health care system, according Fries.
“Our goal is the goal of getting people tested and then testing again and again and making sure they’re up to date on their medical history,” he continued.