20th of January 2022
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Diagnostic testing forms the backbone of a large proportion of public healthcare, informing decisions about treatment, specialty referral and hospital admission.
Over the past few decades, diagnostic technologies have become cheaper, smaller, and in some cases more accurate.
A wide range and growing number of point-of-care tests which provide rapid ‘on site’ results are now available. These may have potential to help providers improve outcomes by optimising prescribing decisions, reducing referrals, improving efficiency of care and decreasing costs.
Establishing a clinical need is a vital step in technology development, making successful adoption more likely.
Evaluation of these tests should be prioritized to allow appropriate use of healthcare resources.