Controlling and better understanding COVID-19: the role of serology testing

20 October 2020

Overview

Clinical laboratories provide information and services that contribute to maximising the effective delivery of care in today’s complex healthcare system by assuring that the correct test is performed on the right person, at the right time, producing accurate test results that enable providers to make the right diagnostic and therapeutic decisions using the right level of health care resources. Laboratories are demonstrating that they can be more than service providers; they can be leaders and innovators in addressing the health needs of the community both clinically and organisationally.

Laboratories are developing new infrastructures, methods and protocols to support the rapid testing of specimens and information technology to quickly distribute results to health providers who are on the front lines in patient-facing roles. They can be very influential in clinical practices adopted by other specialists and are key players in designing patient care pathways and promoting multidisciplinary work. The laboratory-diagnostic management process has a direct influence on the quality of care, costs and the utilisation of services, which if not managed well can overburden health systems.

In this webinar, the policy recommendations by leading experts in virology and health management on the benefits of SARS-CoV-2 serology were reviewed and discussed.

SPEAKERS

Prof. Uwe G. Liebert
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Prof. Uwe G. Liebert

Prof. Uwe G. Liebert

Director of the Institute for Virology, University Hospital Leipzig, Germany

Ana Rita Gonzales
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Ana Rita Gonzales

Ana Rita Gonzales

President and CEO, Policy Wisdom LLC

Julieta Villegas
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Julieta Villegas

Julieta Villegas

Regional Project Director, Public Health Policy Consultant, Policy Wisdom LLC

Rafael Cantón
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Rafael Cantón

Rafael Cantón

Head of Clinical Microbiology Department at the Madrid University Hospital Ramón y Cajal

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