Better tests, better care: improved diagnostics for infectious diseases

Clin Infect Dis. 2013 Dec;57 Suppl 3(Suppl 3):S139-70. doi: 10.1093/cid/cit578.


In this IDSA policy paper, we review the current diagnostic landscape, including unmet needs and emerging technologies, and assess the challenges to the development and clinical integration of improved tests. To fulfill the promise of emerging diagnostics, IDSA presents recommendations that address a host of identified barriers. Achieving these goals will require the engagement and coordination of a number of stakeholders, including Congress, funding and regulatory bodies, public health agencies, the diagnostics industry, healthcare systems, professional societies, and individual clinicians.

Keywords: clinical microbiology; diagnostics; infectious diseases; molecular diagnostics; point-of-care testing; rapid diagnostics.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Communicable Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Microbiological Techniques / methods*
  • Microbiological Techniques / standards*
  • Molecular Diagnostic Techniques / methods*
  • Molecular Diagnostic Techniques / standards*
  • Point-of-Care Systems
  • Public Health