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How to adapt quickly in a fast-changing environment

LDT
In lab settings large and small, clinicians and lab personnel need to select from a broad range of molecular diagnostic products to fit their needs.

This is especially true with laboratory developed testing. Diagnostic testing has become increasingly important as the spread of infectious pathogens continues to become a worldwide problem.

 

More than 300 million people suffer from rare diseases worldwide. Fifty percent of these people are children and there were 11 separate disease outbreaks in 2013 alone. This means that the time is now for labs to develop speed and accuracy to keep up with the diagnostic challenges in a modern world. Despite numerous scientific advancements over the years, the medical community is still struggling with disease control and global pandemics. 

 

Just one assay can help in the detection of a pathogen or a rare genetic disorder. During an emergency, timeliness and accuracy are of paramount importance to the clinician. By having the right equipment available, the clinician can adapt quickly to these issues and individual needs.

LDT helps clinicians adapt quickly in a constantly changing environment

Outbreaks and disease proliferation continue to dominate the headlines, putting an added emphasis on the importance of diagnostic testing protocols. 

 

Important factors include: 

Quick turnaround times: Speed alongside control gives clinicians the tools they need to standardize LDT testing.

Automated processes: Automation allows clinicians to handle large volumes of data in a much more streamlined process. Fast results are of the utmost importance as disease proliferation becomes a growing concern worldwide.

Fully integrated workflow: Clinicians can instantly integrate new pathogens into their portfolios. This process is even more productive with applications like nucleic extractions and PCR protocols.

High throughput: Detecting these pathogens with a fine tooth comb is also important. LDT tools can give clinicians the ability to add and remove certain targets with high accuracy.

Support: Clinical work doesn't always follow a 9 to 5 schedule, especially when lab results are needed in a timely manner. 

How Roche can positively influence your LDT efforts

Diagnostic lab testing – especially when working with infectious pathogens – needs fast detection and applications. Quickly scale up your testing with a variety of throughput configurations. Flexibility allows for a wide range of molecular-based testing, which can help you accomplish more in less time.

 

Roche's products are also suitable in a smaller LDT setting. Space can come at a premium for private labs or smaller facilities. If you work in a smaller lab, carefully selected lab tools can allow you to expand your portfolio in a cost-efficient manner, even with limited budget and space.

 

Instantly integrate new pathogen detection tests into your portfolio by using standardized extraction and PCR protocols. The tests, which can be multiplexed, are streamlined and optimized to work with Roche instruments and reagents. Mediumsized and larger labs will also benefit from Roche's products because they can test multiple diagnostic targets with each run. This process allows for greater flexibility in IVD and LDT testing.

 

Timeliness and acting quickly can make a notable difference in an LDT setting. Fortunately, there are several ways that clinicians and lab personnel can focus on solutions to test for pathogens or genetic disorders with quick adaptation. Emergency situations during an outbreak or other public health concerns don't allow room for error in the lab. 

Having a quick and flexible workflow truly allows you to adapt to your individual lab’s needs. 

 

Roche products allow you to develop your lab, your way

References:

http://www.roche-diagnostics.us/products/HospitalReferenceLab/molecular/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.nature.com/nsmb/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nsmb.2895.html http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/InVitroDiagnostics/ ucm407296.htm