In a world astonishing for its diversity, there are still visions shared by virtually everyone – especially the vision for a brighter, healthier future. Transforming this vision into reality requires a strong foundation – and that foundation is diagnostics.
The decade of diagnostics
Whether it’s cancer, infectious diseases or other serious health threats, the quest for better solutions to healthcare’s greatest challenges starts with and depends on diagnostics.
With the global COVID-19 pandemic, awareness of the role diagnostic solutions play in disease prevention and management grew profoundly, so much so that some began to refer to 2020 as the launch point for the decade of diagnostics. And as noted in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO), “diagnostic testing has become indispensable for diagnosing and monitoring disease, for providing prognoses and for predicting treatment response.”1
Advanced diagnostic solutions enable patients and their clinicians to make critical decisions earlier, more accurately, and with greater confidence. These solutions help reduce hospitalisation, enable targeted treatment strategies and improve chronic patient management in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.
Healthcare systems face increasing pressure to make the most appropriate use of their resources. Early and accurate diagnosis helps patients receive the best possible therapy in a timely manner, which can potentially prevent or slow disease progression and even save lives. Further, it can aid in efforts to increase access to healthcare — translating into better results across the entire healthcare ecosystem.
Advanced diagnostic solutions don’t just improve the quality of medical care and the efficiency of healthcare systems, they also enable individuals take greater control of their own health. Studies show that patients who are confident in their diagnosis and involved in decisions about their health are more likely to comply with treatment plans and recommended lifestyle changes.2 This can lead to fewer hospitalisations, shorter stays in hospitals and, in patients with chronic health problems, reduced long-term medication use - benefiting patients and society as a whole. Moreover, patients report that having more control over their healthcare improves their mental health and sense of well-being.3
The increasing availability of healthcare apps for smartphones helps identify healthcare problems earlier for faster intervention. Developed jointly by software experts and specialists in diagnostics and pharmaceuticals, these solutions can improve the lives of patients around the world.4