The Pandemic Response Initiative (PRI), a partnership between IDinsight and the Institute for Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, introduces PRIoritize_Dx, an interactive tool to help Ministries of Health and COVID-19 task forces more strategically allocate tests. This tool allows policy-makers to input details on their country context and then outputs a tailored prioritization of COVID-19 testing strategies among different population groups and stages of outbreak.
PRIoritize_Dx tool - 431 KB
This tool was created over the past six months through a process of close collaboration with our partners at UCSF as well as the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), which is currently rolling the tool out to their country teams. For a step-by-step guide on how to use the tool and interpret the results, please see this slide deck. Users can also refer to our recent blog post, which outlines the three criteria of a high-impact COVID-19 test, for more background on our approach.
To demonstrate how the PRIoritize_Dx tool might help a country optimize the use of their COVID-19 tests, we can illustrate a hypothetical example. Prior to using the tool, here is the situation in the country:
After using the PRIoritize_Dx tool, this country can shift their testing resources towards a more optimized strategy:
This is likely to help detect new infections quickly, reduce spread, and maintain the health care workforce.
Through feedback from users as well as new research, we will continue to expand and refine this tool. For questions, comments, and suggestions, reach out to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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