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Strategic arm of DiaSys India: Point of care Moitry Guha Patnaik, Product Manager-Point of care, DiaSys Diagnostic India, gives an insight about POC tests, which has been hailed as an efficient and innovative way to manage infectious diseases INDIA HAS the highest burden of diseases which depends on a number of factors and are interlinked such as age, changing lifestyle and rapidly evolving socio-economic determinants like access to healthcare or the lack of it. A patient sometimes travel from semi-urban or rural areas to cities in order to seek diagnostic help and treatment on health issues. Many times, patients do not have access to suitable medical treatment due to unavailability of diagnostic tools and dissuading factors like cost of travelling, added expenses of stay in tier I cities where the tests are conducted. This adds to cost of diagnosis due to which many patients show reluctance to the idea of getting proper treatment altogether. It results in increased mortality and morbid-
ity rates in country. In several cases, diagnostic solutions offered to the patients are incorrect, leading to increased mortality rate. Point-of-care (POC) tests have been hailed as an efficient and innovative way to manage infectious diseases, particularly in resource-poor settings, mainly to shorten diagnostic delay and treatment initiation. POC testing includes the critical elements of rapid turnaround-times (TATs) to allow for quick diagnosis, and referral or treatment decisions completed within the same patient encounter (i.e. POC continuum) or at the very minimum, with results delivered on the same day, cost-effectiveness, feasibility. POC is a blooming market in India and is made up of what
MOITRY GUHA PATNAIK, Product Manager-Point of Care, DiaSys Diagnostic India
is termed as ‘Over the Counter’ products such as glucose monitoring and pregnancy testing
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(also called non-professional testing) and the ‘professional market’ which includes all other testing including critical care, infectious disease, cardiac markers, diabetes, lipids, coagulation and haematology. DiaSys Diagnostic India is focussed to put POC segment into framework as programme that envision rather than just a test, across five settings (home, community, peripheral laboratory, clinic, and hospital). POC testing can be included as a spectrum of technologies (simplest to more sophisticated), users (lay persons to highly trained), and settings. DiaSys Diagnostic Systems has three pillars- Reagents, Instruments and Point of Care. DiaSys India is the strategic arm of DiaSys Diagnostic Systems for POC range of prod-
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ucts. It has planned to work on strategic and innovative approaches to develop new diagnostic tools of superior quality which can be catered at mid segment laboratory. DiaSys is more focussed in manufacturing and marketing the POC test with laboratory precision with current demand of customer and mitigating the challenge for diagnostic solution in rural areas. DiaSys has developed products and its key features are: innovative, user friendly, requires less training, and has lesser turnaround time, easy to handle, compatible and portable. DiaSys has set the benchmark towards trustworthy diagnostic indication – for reliable assistance to the doctor as well as for the benefit of the well-treated patient.
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