GLI Quick Guide to TB diagnostics Connectivity Solutions

19 October 2016 – The Global Laboratory Initiative has published the GLI Quick Guide to TB Diagnostics Connectivity Solutions, a guide to help TB program laboratory managers and their partners understand what are diagnostics connectivity solutions, how they can be useful, and what is required in order to establish and use them effectively.

Newer diagnostics, including Xpert MTB/RIF, Bactec MGIT, line probe assays with automated readers, as well as a number of HIV-related instrument-based diagnostics, produce results data in digital format (also known as electronic data). Unlike written data on paper, electronic data can be rapidly and accurately sent and analysed using a diagnostics connectivity solution. This allows for several important uses: the performance of instrument networks can be monitored remotely, results can be transmitted automatically to clinicians, laboratory information management systems or electronic registers, and inventory can be managed in real-time, along with other uses. Connectivity solutions can provide a highly cost-effective way to ensure proper functioning of an instrument network and improve linkage to care and patient management.

The GLI Quick Guide also links to an online comparison of currently available software platforms, in which the different functionalities of the options are described. 

The guide is available now in English and is undergoing translation into French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

For GLI members attending the Liverpool Union World Conference on Lung Health, you may pick up a printed copy at the Symposium on Driving real-time access to diagnostic data through connected diagnostics (Thursday 27 October, 15:15 – 16:45, session room 11a).

For more information, please contact the GLI secretariat at or visit the GLI website.