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September 2014
Patient Care and Science
Sanford Guide Releases Mobile App for Lab Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases

IDSA and the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) have teamed up with the Sanford Guide to develop a new mobile app, Lab Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases, in an effort to provide convenience and portability for physicians and lab personnel responsible for diagnosis of infectious diseases.

The app is an updated and newly organized adaptation of the 2013 Guide to Utilization of the Microbiology Laboratory for Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases originally published by IDSA and ASM in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The app provides a guide for clinicians and lab personnel, specifying what tests should be used under which circumstances and how specimens should be collected and managed to achieve the most accurate results. Covering the key points related to diagnostic testing, the content of the app is organized by anatomic systems and selected pathogens for easy reference.

Ideally suited for use on hospital rounds, in the examination room, and in the laboratory, the app combines portability with a wide range of functions: full-text search, bookmarks, notes, context-sensitive drop-down menus, and menu-based navigation. The new app is available for both Apple and Android devices as an annual subscription for $19.99 per year. Relevant updates will be made as necessary and appropriate throughout the subscription period.

The content of the app represents the collaborative scientific efforts of IDSA and ASM members supplying expertise in a variety of areas including infectious diseases, pathology, and microbiology. The adaptation of the original guidelines to this updated and re-organized mobile version resulted from the infectious diseases expertise and digital development experience of the Sanford Guide.

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