Value of Diagnostics

Combining the data of advanced diagnostics with the clinician’s experience for a healthier future

Every day, medical advances add 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 complex, ever-expanding medical knowlendge and turn it into actionable insights that inform patient care decisions. 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

Three principles are defining the transformation of in vitro diagnostics: automation, digitalization, and integration. For example, with the Integrated Core Lab (ICL), Roche is increasing the efficiency, scope and quality of diagnostics.





With automation and digitalization, instruments and information systems can "talk" to each other in a structured manner, helping laboratories perform more efficiently and successfully.

Integration brings disconnected sources -- such as lab tests, imaging studies, EMRs, clinician reports, etc. -- together for the most complete, holistic view of a patient possible.

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

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

Nobel prize

Roche 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 difference to the lives of patients around the world.

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


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

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

Sophisticated software can take overwhelming amounts of complex data and turn it into actionable insights that help determine optimal patient care strategies.


A brighter, healthier future

Now more than ever, diagnostics can enable healthcare providers to be more proactive in patient care. Improvements in diagnostics have lead to earlier detection of potential health issues that if acted upon, can prevent disease from developing. See below for some real-world examples of how Roche has advanced the understanding of some common cancers.


  1. Early cancer diagnosis saves lives, cuts treatment costs World Health Organization, 2017. Accessed 16April 2021.