In the developing world, tools are not available to easily and accurately assess a person’s health status, and the risks of various illnesses and treatment options. In addition, little information about the burden of disease is available to guide population health decisions. This severely impacts the care that people receive.
A solution, according to studies conducted by the Global Health Diagnostics Forum, is to move toward a common point-of-care (POC) diagnostic platform for global health. POC diagnostics are not only intended to be used in a laboratory or clinic by a trained user. They also need to be operated by minimally trained community health workers in limited infrastructure settings.
The platform we envision will have the ability to assess multiple pathogens and health conditions using a set of common technical, logistical, and medical decision-making approaches. The combination of 1) a point of decision test, and; 2) a common platform, will ultimately result in better health outcomes.