Friday, December 23, 2016 Written by Cepheid

From the editor

Welcome to the fourth issue of IMPACT, the quarterly magazine published by Cepheid’s Systems & Solutions Group.

In this issue, Dr. Al Story and Dr. Rob Shorten share their particularly innovative and effective program for diagnosing tuberculosis in London. These two doctors are using an innovative Mobile X-Ray Unit (MXU) to improve TB diagnosis for hard-to-reach patients. This is the first example of a molecular diagnostic test being used in a mobile unit for near-patient testing anywhere in Europe.

I am also excited to introduce the second article in our series on Improving Patient Safety. In part one of the series, Dr. Parada explored Loyola University Hospital’s implementation of rapid, highly sensitive universal screening to help successfully combat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. In this issue’s article Loyola Meets the C. difficile Challenge, he gives us insight into how the hospital addresses the increasingly troublesome HAIClostridium difficile.

As Dr. Parada points out, an emerging theme is how accountability reporting will impact hospital finances on many fronts, from reimbursement changes to patient hospital selection for elective procedures. Yet, the convergence of both challenges and technology also offers notable opportunities for large-scale improvements across your organization. An article that I wrote recently describes these opportunities: Health Care Mandates: Opportunity for HAI Leadership: Rapid diagnostics transform obstacles into opportunity. The article is the cover story of this month’s issue of CLP magazine. The digital version of the publication can be found at