The Diagnostics Journey Atlas
Uncovering the value of diagnostics
Published 4 October 2021
Whether you are going in for a routine medical check-up or experiencing new or recurring symptoms, getting an accurate diagnosis is your first step to your best health outcome. Your diagnostic results will provide you and your healthcare provider with the information to make the best decisions about your next steps in care.
Your diagnostic journey might stop here and not be repeated until your next regular check-up. Check-ups are an essential part of helping you stay healthy, out of the hospital and identifying whether you have disease risk factors that you may not even be aware of.
But this journey might also lead to detecting an imminent threat -- for example, the early stages of a developing disease. It continues with other diagnostic interventions that will lead to a diagnosis, a discussion with your physician, selection, adjustment and monitoring of your treatment.
Remember that starting treatment early, when the disease has not yet developed nor spread throughout the body, can significantly impact your health, quality of life, and even your ability to survive.
Most lung cancers are diagnosed when people have symptoms, which means the cancer is at an advanced stage. In the US, lung cancer patients diagnosed at a late stage have only a 5% chance of living five years beyond diagnosis, compared to 56% when the disease has not spread beyond the lungs. Another example is heart failure, which occurs when the heart is not able to pump enough blood. If not diagnosed early, heart failure might lead to severe complications such as heart rhythm problems, kidney damage or failure, liver damage, or heart valve problems.
In other words, early diagnosis and early treatment initiation save lives!
Diseases such as cervical cancer can largely be prevented by early screening for human papillomavirus, or HPV. Delays and interruptions in the early detection and treatment of HPV could set back for years the planned eradication of cervical cancer.
Building on the current knowledge and personal experiences of people at risk of developing or previously diagnosed with a disease, as well as expert opinions of leading voices in the healthcare ecosystem, Roche is publishing the Diagnostic Journey Atlas. This resource paints a picture of how diagnostics deliver meaningful impact to healthcare systems and aid in delivering strong patient outcomes.
With the shared goal of sparking conversation around the true value of diagnostics and the best way to ensure equitable access, the Diagnostic Journey Atlas, through six modules, provides real-world examples of how diagnostics can help lead to improved health outcomes around the world.
The Diagnostics Journey Atlas
The value of diagnostics in the patient journey
If you want to know more about the value of diagnostics and what can be done to ensure appropriate access to diagnostic tools and technologies to aid healthcare institutions in saving lives.
Diagnostics in screening and disease prevention: a triad for success in healthcare
From preventive health screenings to blood safety and genetic testing, discover the value of diagnostics in aiding disease prevention and putting the health back in healthcare.
Diagnostics and treatment Initiation: “early” means better outcomes
Although establishing a diagnosis can be complex and involve specialist laboratory technicians or facilities for testing, it is essential in ensuring optimal treatment of a disease.
Improving the management of your disease: the crucial role of diagnostics in personalised care
Diagnostics provide knowledge that guides clinician diagnosis and treatment initiation, but they can also help prevent health issues from worsening and inform disease management.
Looking ahead: embracing new approaches to transform healthcare
Rethinking the way healthcare systems operate is at the forefront of what is needed to transform today’s healthcare. What should be the role of diagnostics in the transformation of healthcare?
Ensuring access to accurate and early diagnosis to all: a utopia?
The Advisory Council has developed an Expert Consensus Statement that reflects on the Diagnostic Journey and explores the future of diagnostics.