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January 2015
POLICY AND ADVOCACY
New Report, The Promise of Next Generation Diagnostics, Targets Policymakers

IDSA has released a new policy report, Better Tests, Better Care: The Promise of Next Generation Diagnostics. A non-technical adaptation of IDSA’s 2013 Better Tests, Better Care: Improved Diagnostics for Infectious Diseases, the report is geared toward congressional policymakers and related stakeholders.  The report highlights the enormous potential of high quality, rapid, point-of-care diagnostics to improve patient care and public health, as well as existing barriers to the development and appropriate use of such tests.  It also recommends policies to stimulate diagnostics research and development and clinical integration. The report was developed by IDSA’s Diagnostics Task Force.


To launch the policy report, IDSA sponsored a congressional briefing to highlight infectious disease diagnostics and recommendations from the report. Task Force Chair, Angela M. Caliendo, MD, PhD, FIDSA, and member Kimberly H. Hanson, MD, spoke at the briefing, along with Diagnostic Task Force industry advisor, Fred Tenover, PhD, FIDSA, from Cepheid, and speakers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Biomedical Advanced Research Development Authority.  In addition, Drs. Caliendo and Hanson met with key congressional offices to discuss recommendations from the report.


Presenting at Congressional briefing (L to R): Drs. Kim Hansen, Angela Caliendo, Robin Robinson, Fred Tenover, and Beth Bell.


Further information on IDSA’s policy efforts on diagnostics can be found at http://www.idsociety.org/Diagnostics/.

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