A wave of automation is being felt by clinical microbiology laboratories and this change will occur much more rapidly than most microbiologists expect.
Even as labs are implementing the many advances that are reshaping clinical microbiology, new technologies are emerging on the horizon.
In India, the key issue that remains is that molecular practices are yet not integral to the clinical outflow.
The future of rapid diagnosis would be to look at a syndromic approach and tailor the tests accordingly.
Microbiologists will begin to derive benefits from improved workflow, expedited generation of results, and enhanced characterization of microbial isolates as the microbiology laboratory becomes more automated, more digital, and more reliant on informatics tools.
Future automation systems will need to incorporate both culture and molecular testing into a single specimen stream and manage both laboratory techniques.
Technologies will continue to evolve, allowing faster, more sensitive, and less expensive methods for pathogen surveillance and discovery.