Digital Rapid Tests For COVID19 Can be a Game Changer!

In order to prevent the outspread of coronavirus, Pakistan is doing everything. In the same regard, Pakistan obtained a ‘Digital Rapid Test Kits. Reportedly, a Pakistani medical company, Innovative Healthcare Systems (IHS), in collaboration with a company in Finland, has obtained this kit.

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“The iSTOC IDA mobile diagnostics platform from the Finnish company can detect antibodies and provide a digital analysis. It integrates diagnostics, mobile technology, and cloud computing into one platform. It basically turns your smartphone into a virtual lab where the results are displayed, offering faster, easier, and precise diagnostics, enabling quick action and treatment, The biggest advantage is that it creates a digitized diagnostic data with geographical mapping that can help monitor and control outbreaks.”

Umair Azam, founder and CEO of IHS,

Moreso, the health experts says that this testing kit could be a game changer, as this kit will enable Pakistan to enhance rapid testing and enable digital diagnostic data. However, the kit will be rolled out in the market after getting approval from provincial and federal government.

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Noticeably, Pakistan has conducted 42,000 tests so far as the total number of confirmed cases rise to 4,601. Now, the focus is to accelerate the testing to accommodate more and more patients in short time.

“the rapid test kits, with 95 per cent accuracy, can help save time and reduce direct contact as one counter set up at a village, town or city can test hundreds. Instead of inviting patients to hospitals, we are taking the tests to the masses.”

Dr Zia Azam, director health informatics at IHS,

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Three steps to do the Test!

1. Take a test — Nurse or doctor performs the diagnostic test

2. Read the test — Scanned in a mobile phone using IDA application

3. Store result — IDA Secure Cloud checks the result immediately for diagnosis.

Furthermore, test kit works in the same way blood sugar is tested by using a pinprick on patients’ thumbs. You can get results within minutes using this kit. After the test, The health care professional can obtain the data (complete with patient information and GPS location) is from the IDA (immediate diagnostics and analytics) secure cloud. However, data transfer is an automated process. The experts then accordingly guide the person on the ground.

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 “It it’s negative, no action is required. If it’s positive, guide them to the treatment services. If there’s some error, we test again,” says Dr. Azam.

These new digital testing kits enable faster, convenient, precise and cost-effective diagnostics combining mobile technology and cloud computing. More so, it reduces both human error and technology gaps. However, its digital process saves time, as well as, there is the less human interaction which prevents the spread of the virus and is a great attraction.

“With the increasing number of patients, Pakistan urgently needs tests that are cheaper, quicker and more accessible. ELISA based test, which detects antibodies in your blood, appear promising and can be a great tool for screening patients, at the point of care, rapidly and cost effectively. However, the best method would be to follow the rapid test with PCR test,” Dr Muhammad Jabran Nawaz, a general physician

Source: Gulf News

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