I'm Emily, a grad student in Madhu's group at McGill. We recently penned an editorial about the challenges of implementing new molecular diagnostics into healthcare systems. Something I think we spend a lot of time thinking about, especially in TB, is how to make diagnostic tests that are more accurate. How can we get them to run faster and give more definitive results? As it stands we do have some molecular diagnostic tests that have good performance, and some that are already WHO endorsed, but it's now going to be really critical to get these tests in places where they're needed (or as we said in the attached editorial) to span the healthcare value chain!
I would be really interested in hearing about any initiatives you've been part of that have really helped in scaling up a diagnostic technology, or made it more accessible. Where is the most important/effective place to start these kind of next steps? What has worked for you, or conversely, what hasn't?