Few human endeavors are untouched by smartphones these days, and the practice of in vitro diagnostics is no exception. In fact, mobile health technology may change the IVD industry forever, according to a recent report published by Kalorama.
The introduction of ever more powerful handheld instruments over the years has resulted in the migration of clinical lab testing from the central lab to a range of environments including self-testing, community clinics, the workplace, home, emergency care, and, most recently, retail outlets, note report authors. Despite promotional claims touting ease of use, most point-of-care (POC) tests currently available require a fair amount of medical lab know-how, especially in the interpretation of the test result, they add.
Cell phone–enabled test devices aim to provide primary care in underserved areas in developed countries as well as in emerging economies. POC devices can produce quantitative lab-quality test results that can be transferred automatically to an information system, to a remote caregiver service for consultation, or to an electronic medical record.
Cell Phone-Enabled Diagnostics: mHealth Applications in IVD
tracks cell phone-enabled products on the market and considers how they will affect the existing diagnostic industry. Lead diagnostic analyst Shara Rosen presents the new developments in the convergence of IVD and mobile technologies and profiles a selection of companies and organizations that are pioneering the use of specially designed digital, wireless and cell phone-enabled test devices for clinical diagnostic applications.