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Disrupting Technologies in Infectious Disease Point-of-Care Testing

Published: 1 Oct 2018

The management of infectious diseases remains a critical challenge for public health professionals who face increasing demand to control the spread of existing and novel diseases. To provide appropriate healthcare assistance, it is imperative to diagnose the exact form of infection from an array of complicated symptoms expressed by the host. As the outcome of diagnosis is time-bound, the test accuracy—sensitivity and specificity—plays a key role in determining the disease type, which is vital for delivering enhanced patient care. Point-of-care testing (POCT) has the potential to rapidly identify infectious diseases and provide actionable information to improve disease management, especially in resource-limited settings.

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