MLO Survey Sheds Light on the Impact of COVID-19 on Molecular Diagnostics
October 28, 2020
A State of the Industry Survey conducted by Medical Laboratory Observer focusing on molecular diagnostics and the impact of COVID-19 revealed a number of insights about how labs are functioning today. The survey found that since the emergence of the virus, testing demand has grown by 25 percent (37 percent of respondents) and 50 percent (24 percent of respondents) respectively. To deal with these surplus cases, 51 percent of the labs were sending them to other facilities for processing, while 48 percent were taking steps internally to increase capacity by adding automation and more test options. Citing accuracy, reliability, and availability, 70 percent of the labs preferred using reverse transcriptase quantitative polymerase chain reaction (rRT-qPCR) for COVID-19 diagnosis.
In Medical Laboratory Observer’s (MLO-online.com) latest State of the Industry Survey, the focus is on molecular diagnostics and the impact of COVID-19.
The survey reveals how labs across the country are dealing with increased testing demands, what types of tests are preferred, and how the global pandemic has shaped daily lab procedures.
When asked to what degree have testing demands increased, 37 percent of the respondents estimated growth at 25 percent since the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Another 24 percent of the respondents estimated increased demand by as much as 50 percent.
So how are labs dealing with this increased demand for lab testing? According to the survey, they are either sending overflow samples to other facilities for processing (51 percent) or they are internally taking steps to increase capacity by adding automation and more test options (48 percent).
When asked about preference for which lab test to use for COVID-19, 70 percent of the respondents indicated they preferred reverse transcriptase quantitative polymerase chain reaction (rRT-qPCR) based on accuracy, reliability, and availability.
Click HERE for the survey results.
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