It is without a doubt that blood tests are vital for the diagnosis, prognostication, and therapeutic monitoring of human disease. No wonder, medical practitioners will always perform a blood test when looking to discover health complications in patients. Despite the many advances made for achieving a high degree of quality and safety, many hurdles in the total testing remain.

Fortunately, this seems to be changing as more and  more medical practitioners turn to
new blood testing technology. Over the last couple of years, laboratories have been sample-oriented and too much focused on analytical quality. However, this should not be the case and we must strive to become a patient-oriented partner in healthcare. This action is aimed at making sure we provide high quality information.

One might wonder why most doctors are not taking this approach worldwide. Well, such a significant shift requires a paradigm shift for the lab and for other stakeholders in healthcare. Things should not stop there since medical practitioners must take a responsible role within the total testing process. This will mean engaging in the pre-pre and pre-analytical phase together with the post-analytical phase.

The good news is that IT plays an important role when it comes to improving demand and test interpretation. One notable innovation that should be leveraged at all costs is informatics. Thanks to informatics, test algorithms, panels and various gate-keeping strategies can be easily implemented  into hospital information systems and laboratory information systems.

Luckily enough, new blood testing technology is already driving personalized care in lung cancer management. This is possible thanks to markers such as EGFR that can be used to predict treatment response to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Keep in mind this is vital when it comes to slowing or stopping cell growth in these type of tumors.

The Bottom Line

Even though more is still being done to improve blood testing in patients, the health sector has certainly made significant strides in the last couple of years. If you would like to keep pace with the new blood testing technology, you should consider reading Roche Diagram magazine. This regional healthcare magazine published by Roche Diagnostics aims to drive discussion around the value of diagnostics. Check out Roche Diagram website today and find out more about what they have in store for readers. You can also download the past issues of Roche Publications here hassle-free.