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At-Home Diagnostic Testing for Infectious Diseases: A Tool for Accelerating COVID Diagnosis and Building Pandemic Preparedness for the Future

At Home Diagnostic Testing for Infectious Diseases: A Tool for Accelerating COVID Diagnosis and Building Pandemic Preparedness for the Future
Authors:
Amesh A. Adalja; Matthew Watson; Anita Cicero; Tom Inglesby
Date posted:
June 25, 2020
Publication type:
Report
Publisher:
The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
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Introduction:
Before an infectious disease outbreak of any size can be addressed and before illness can be treated, it must be first be identified through the diagnosis of cases. Diagnostic testing is a mainstay of not only clinical medicine but also epidemiologic investigation. Limitations surrounding access to diagnostic testing have dominated much of the current response to COVID-19 and highlight the need to have more rapid, convenient, and equitable access to testing. Looking ahead, through the increasing diffusion of health technology to consumers and patients, it is becoming more feasible for diagnostic testing to be placed in the hands of the patient. Such tests when used to diagnose infectious disease, and coupled to information technology, could have a transformative benefit for future pandemic response.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security conducted this study to develop an expert assessment of the promise and challenges posed by at home infectious diagnostic technologies. A major aim of this study is to inform pandemic preparedness activities that rely on diagnostic technologies and determine how at home approaches can integrate with and augment the existing diagnostic paradigm.

 

 

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