For staff working on the frontlines of healthcare, it may feel that the very systems they are relying on to protect patient’s health and wellbeing are themselves in need of resuscitation. The pandemic and economic downturn have left governments and healthcare providers scrambling to manage their budgets, while staffing levels and other vital resources are perilously low.
As policymakers, hospital managers, and healthcare practitioners struggle to bring down waiting times that soared due to COVID-19 and improve access to important services, increasing the dose of diagnostics could well be just what the doctor ordered.
Often the unsung hero of the healthcare industry, diagnostics, proved their worth many times over during the pandemic. Far from having had their moment in the spotlight, these tools and solutions could play a crucial role in the recovery of healthcare systems and ensuring they are ready for future challenges.
“COVID-19 has had a profound impact on our world and cost millions of lives, however, one good thing that has come out of the pandemic is the recognition of the value of diagnostics. Prior to the pandemic, people never really thought about diagnostics until they experienced the difference fast and accurate testing could make. Early diagnosis is the foundation of preventative healthcare and can help improve patient outcomes as well as play an essential role in guiding treatment decisions and monitoring therapy.” Ann Costello, Head of Roche Diagnostics Solutions, says.