Le Lézard
Classified in: Health, Science and technology, Covid-19 virus

Data Analytics Could Prevent Testing Bottlenecks During Future Pandemics


New research published in the Data Science Issue of AACC's The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Breaking research demonstrates the efficacy of two data analytics-based strategies that clinical labs employed to meet COVID-19 testing demands during the height of the pandemic. These findings, published in the Data Science Issue of AACC's The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine, give labs a blueprint for using data analytics to ensure patient access to testing during future infectious disease outbreaks.

A major challenge that labs faced during the first two years of the pandemic was keeping up with testing demands in the midst of chronic supply shortages. While this isn't currently a serious issue with U.S. COVID-19 cases being relatively low, it's only a matter of time before labs could be grappling with this problem again?either because of a surge in COVID-19 cases caused by a new variant, or because of a new infectious disease outbreak entirely.

One team of researchers led by Rohit B. Sangal, MD, MBA, FACEP, of the Yale University School of Medicine, has shown that labs can use electronic health record systems (EHRs) to ensure that scarce testing resources are optimally allocated during a pandemic.

View the full study here: https://academic.oup.com/jalm/article/8/1/98/6848829

During the omicron variant surge of December 2021 ? January 2022, Sangal's healthcare system developed guidelines to ensure that limited SARS-CoV-2 tests and combined tests for SARS-CoV-2, flu, and RSV were used on the appropriate patients. To help clinicians adhere to these guidelines when ordering tests, Sangal's team implemented a redesign of the EHR's test ordering interface on December 22, 2021.

Following this, Sangal's team analyzed test ordering data from the 3 weeks before the redesign and the 3 weeks after and found that the EHR redesign successfully changed testing patterns to align with guidelines. For symptomatic patients who were discharged from the emergency department, COVID-19 + flu/RSV testing decreased 49% while testing for COVID-19 + flu-only increased 160%. Meanwhile, for symptomatic patients who were admitted to the hospital, COVID-19 + flu/RSV testing increased 128%. Not only does this mean that the right patients were getting the right tests, but these changes also saved approximately 437 test cartridges per week, thereby preserving the limited supply of testing resources.

"A simple EHR order redesign was associated with increased adherence to institutional guidelines for SARS-CoV-2 and influenza testing amidst supply chain limitations necessitating optimal allocation of scarce testing resources," said Sangal. "With continually shifting resource availability, clinician education is not sufficient. Rather, system-based interventions embedded within existing workflows can better align resources and serve the testing needs of the community."

These findings build on data analytics work from the start of the pandemic led by Daniel T. Holmes, MD, of St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, which demonstrated how labs can use data automation to handle outbreak-related testing surges.

View the full study here: https://academic.oup.com/jalm/article/8/1/41/6840464

During the first year of the pandemic, supply shortages for SARS-CoV-2 testing instruments began to affect the ability of St. Paul's Hospital to keep up with testing demand. In response, Holmes's team used open-source software tools (Linux, bash, R, RShiny, ShinyProxy, and Docker) to develop an automated workflow that manages and optimizes all steps of the SARS-CoV-2 testing process. From September ? December 2020, this automated workflow decreased the lab's consumption of reagents for SARS-CoV-2 testing by approximately 58%.

In his group's paper in The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine, Holmes said, "We describe our strategy for data automation for singleton and pooled sample [testing] for SARS-CoV-2 with extension to other viral PCR assays. The open-source software tools used and the software development and operational deployment strategy are explained. This work will give the reader direction on how to develop and deploy similar tools should the need arise."

About AACC
Dedicated to achieving better health through laboratory medicine, AACC brings together more than 70,000 clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists, and business leaders from around the world focused on clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, mass spectrometry, translational medicine, lab management, and other areas of progressing laboratory science. Since 1948, AACC has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing programs that advance scientific collaboration, knowledge, expertise, and innovation. For more information, visit www.aacc.org.

Launched by AACC in 2016, The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine (jalm.org) is an international, peer-reviewed publication showcasing the applied research in clinical laboratory science that is driving innovation forward in healthcare.

Christine DeLong
AACC
Senior Manager, Communications & PR
(p) 202.835.8722
[email protected]

Molly Polen
AACC
Senior Director, Communications & PR
(p) 202.420.7612
(c) 703.598.0472
[email protected] 

SOURCE AACC


These press releases may also interest you

at 05:50
The "Internet Data Center Market in China - Investment Analysis & Growth Opportunities 2023-2028" report has been added to  ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. The Internet data center market in China is expected to reach $34.03 billion in 2027 from...

at 05:45
Cybrary, the leading training platform for cybersecurity professionals, today announced Cybrary Free Access, an offering unlocking more than 500 hours of free, premium cybersecurity skills training and upskilling content. The move is designed to...

at 05:44
The Global Data Loss Prevention Market size is projected to be USD 56.28 Billion by 2030 growing at a CAGR of 21.54% from 2023 to 2030, as per a recent report by Cognitive Market Research. Acronis has launched a new advanced data loss prevention...

at 05:42
Dombey Electrics Co. (www.dombbit.com), a company founded in the UK in 2010, and subsequently in Finland and with Hong Kong as its production site, and with offices all over the world, is one of the leading manufacturers of electrical and electronic...

at 05:37
On February 5, Gotion High-Tech, the innovative manufacturer of batteries and energy storage solutions in China, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with InoBat, the European pioneering supplier of premium batteries for electric vehicles, to...

at 05:35
Emids, the proven leader in technology-led transformation and digital engineering to the healthcare and life sciences industry, today named Sean Narayanan as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. Company Founder and current...



News published on 4 january 2023 at 16:20 and distributed by: