New rapid diagnostic tests for infectious agents are quite the rage, offering the potential for an earlier correct diagnosis and optimal treatment. However, as the literature on their use uniformly asserts, it's not all about the lab. Rather, without an information infrastructure to get those results quickly back to a clinician, a clinician who will make a timely change in therapy based on those results, the advantage is completely lost by the hot results waiting for next morning's routine rounds.
To reap the benefits of your new rapid diagnostic testing you'll need to make changes to your procedures, policies, information technologies and clinical decision support. With a deep understanding of infectious diseases, their therapies, and hospital information systems, we can help you make the most of your new investment.