What began 40 years ago with home pregnancy tests is now changing the way we manage chronic diseases, such as diabetes, with the potential to democratize healthcare and reduce health disparities around the globe.
Point-of-care (POC) diagnostics allow clinicians, pharmacists and patients to carry out sophisticated molecular tests at or near the patient’s home or other site of care. That saves money by eliminating return appointments, enabling informed treatment decisions and empowering patients to seek care earlier in the course of disease.
POC is just one part of the larger field of precision medicine, a set of emerging, powerful approaches that lead to targeted and personal therapies. In January 2015, President Obama announced the Precision Medicine Initiative, to encourage clinicians, scientists and patients to work together developing tools and technologies for high-quality individualized care. The Precision Diagnostics Center, established in January 2017, brings together interdisciplinary teams to facilitate this collaboration.