The Pandemic Forced a New Testing Paradigm—And its Biggest Impact Won’t Be At Home

By Chris Myatt, PhD

Diagnostics has been ripe for a refresh for years. The process of having a condition diagnosed is almost laughable: make an appointment with a physician, travel to the physician’s office, take the test, travel home, and wait. Days later, the medical clinic calls the ailing patient to share their results, and even after that there’s always the possibility of additional appointments, especially if further tests are needed for diagnosis.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the true extent of our system’s inefficiency was laid bare. This shock to the global healthcare system brought about a revolution in testing technology, accelerating major innovations in the way we diagnose and treat disease.

It’s easy to get excited about an over-the-counter test for COVID-19 that lets consumers test themselves at home. But, arguably, to most acutely feel the impact of our new testing paradigm, we’ll first need to revolutionize the experience at any near-patient setting—whether that’s in a clinic or emergency room, or testing crowds at an airport for infectious diseases… Read more:

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