The life-changing value of diagnostics
Transforming lives by preventing, diagnosing, treating and monitoring disease.
Published 4 October 2021
By understanding the small things that can happen in our bodies, we can begin to understand the important role that self-awareness and diagnostics play in keeping us healthy, by supporting clinicians in making decisions that ultimately can save lives.
Diagnostics – tests that detect diseases, conditions and infections – are essential to helping clinicians improve health for people around the world.
Whether it's cancer, an infectious disease or other serious health threat, the search for a solution to some of health’s greatest challenges starts with, and depends on, diagnostics.
However, this field is still significantly undervalued. In fact, despite in vitro-diagnostics playing a foundational role in improving health outcomes, supporting 70% of healthcare decisions throughout a patient’s journey, the field accounts for just 2% of global healthcare funding.
Diagnostics are an integral part of decision-making along every step of a person’s health, wellness and disease journey. A diagnostic test alone can change the course of someone’s healthcare experience – and their life.
The wealth of information we can gather from a small blood or tissue sample is astonishing. Some insights can lead to behavior and lifestyle changes, which can keep a person healthy and out of hospital. Some tests might reveal an imminent threat and lead to a life-saving decision.
It takes self-awareness, care and bravery to address even the smallest issues, many of which can be resolved if caught early.
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At Roche, we are committed to not only advancing diagnostic solutions that can support healthcare professionals in making critical decisions for their patients’ health, but also improving the way these essential tools are integrated into health systems around the world, at a lower cost, while still achieving the best possible outcomes.
By helping people understand the value of diagnostics, we hope to change the way every person takes notice of and manages their health.