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Technological Innovations Could ‘Revolutionize’ TB Care, Help Achieve ‘TB-Free World’

Devex: Opinion: The impact of the technology revolution on tuberculosis
Michael Reid, assistant professor of medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and researcher at the UCSF Center for Global Health Diplomacy and Delivery

“…There is … rising optimism that available technological innovations can solve many of the programmatic and logistical barriers that have hindered TB control efforts for the past 25 years. Highlighted in the ‘Building a tuberculosis-free world: The Lancet Commission on tuberculosis,’ released March 20, new technologies, both established and emerging, have the potential to revolutionize TB care for those that need it most. … To be maximally effective, digital innovation will need to be combined with other innovations to determine how TB services are delivered and funded. Nonetheless, if done well, advances such as these have great potential to improve TB programs and save lives. It is unacceptable that TB, a curable and preventable disease, is the No. 1 infectious disease killer in the 21st century. As the Lancet Commission underscores, new digital technologies are one of the surest ways to build a TB-free world” (3/28).