Value of diagnostics

Combining the science of advanced diagnostics with the physician’s art for a healthier future

The practice of medicine remains an art, but it’s science that drives the decisions doctors make. And the science never stops. Every day, medical research adds more information to the global knowledge base about the causes of disease, treatment options, and the ways patients respond.

That’s the challenge healthcare faces – how to take this boundless and complex amount of information and glean the essential insights to make the right decision at the right time. Fortunately, advanced diagnostics and aggregated healthcare data are helping turn that complexity into certainty, benefiting doctors, patients, and healthcare systems around the world.

Transforming in vitro diagnostics

The power of three: automation, digitalization, and integration are taking diagnostics beyond the lab and beyond what laboratory scientists would have believed possible just a few years ago. With the Integrated Core Lab (ICL), we are vastly expanding the efficiency, scope and quality of diagnostic capabilities.





With automation and digitalization, medical technologies and information systems can “talk” to each other in standardized language, helping laboratories perform more efficiently and successfully.

Integration puts all the pieces together – laboratory tests, imaging studies, medical histories and doctors’ reports – so that a complete picture of each patient is readily available and easily understood.

Leading the diagnostics evolution for nearly a century
A history of firsts


In 1934, we created the world’s first test to measure vitamin C levels – just one year after scientists learned how to make this vitamin so important to our health.


Nobel prize


We launched the world’s first automated laboratory system, the first instrument performing several tests in parallel, and the first molecular diagnostics based on the Nobel-prize winning polymerase chain reaction technology (PCR).


20 billion tests


Roche Diagnostics has provided over 20 billion tests for patients in more than 100 countries, making a real difference to the lives of patients around the world.

Powerful tools, global impact


Failure to catch a disease in its early stages has devastating consequences, not only for patients but for society as a whole.


Accurate screening, diagnosis and monitoring can improve patient outcomes, helping them spend less time in the hospital – or avoid being hospitalised at all – and enjoy a better quality of life.

Advanced sequencing tests can investigate a variety of disease areas, including oncology, inherited diseases, immunology, and infectious diseases.

Sophisticated software can take a whole range of medical information and present it in a straightforward, easy-to-follow format to quickly determine the best possible therapy options and follow-up tests for each patient.



The Roche Diagnostics experience takes you beyond instruments and tests and into a future of advanced technologies and revolutionary science.


A brighter, healthier future
Early detection


Diagnostics isn’t just about catching disease in its early stages or giving doctors the tools to support clinical decision making. Diagnostics also has the ability to detect small changes in our bodies so that serious health problems don’t get the chance to occur at all: identifying pre-cancerous tissue so it can be removed or treated long before the first cancer cell has a chance to form.


Promoting wellness


The new world of diagnostics is transforming healthcare, with significant benefits to everyone. The powerful combination of disease prevention and early intervention can save lives1.  More resources can be allocated to improving access to healthcare. Instead of only treating sickness, doctors and healthcare systems can focus more on promoting and safeguarding wellness.

Turning complexity into certainty

Diagnostics can help people reach their individual goals to stay healthy and for as long as possible. And when they need medical care, diagnostics plays an invaluable role in finding out what’s wrong, providing vital information doctors need to choose the right therapy, and ultimately guiding patients on the path back to health. By combining advanced diagnostic science and the physician’s art and expertise, together we are building the bridge to a brighter, healthier future.


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1 World Health Organization, 2017.