This is especially true with laboratory developed testing. Diagnostic testing has become increasingly important as the spread of infectious pathogens continues to become a worldwide problem.
More than 300 million people suffer from rare diseases worldwide. Fifty percent of these people are children and there were 11 separate disease outbreaks in 2013 alone. This means that the time is now for labs to develop speed and accuracy to keep up with the diagnostic challenges in a modern world. Despite numerous scientific advancements over the years, the medical community is still struggling with disease control and global pandemics.
Just one assay can help in the detection of a pathogen or a rare genetic disorder. During an emergency, timeliness and accuracy are of paramount importance to the clinician. By having the right equipment available, the clinician can adapt quickly to these issues and individual needs.