Medical Applications

Meets most of The World Health Organization’s ASSURED criteria for remote testing1

  • Affordable
  • Sensitive
  • Specific
  • User-friendly
  • Rapid/robust
  • Deliverable to end users

Future Growth in Molecular Diagnostic Testing is Outside the Traditional Laboratory:

Three major changes in the healthcare field:2

(1) reduction in inpatient admissions that is driving the growth of bedless or mini-hospitals;

(2) provision of first-tier outpatient care in walk-in clinics such as CVS MinuteClinic®

(3) the transfer of some inpatient care to patients’ homes, partly as a cost-reduction strategy.

 


Emergency Departments

  • Enables more rapid clinical decision making in the process of diagnosis, (rule-in or rule-out), treatment choice and monitoring, and prognosis, as well as operational decision making and resource utilization.

 

Clinics & Urgent Care Centers

  • Improve patient care with real-time treatment recommendations.

Pharmacies

  • 67,000 Pharmacies in US 3

    ­Almost half (33,000) are located within drug stores, grocery stores, hospitals, department stores, medical clinics, surgery clinics, universities, nursing homes, prisons, and other facilities.

    Currently, more than 10,000 pharmacies nationwide are registered as CLIA-waived laboratories.4

    Shifting the many tests and treatments for minor acute illness to the community pharmacy would relieve the burden on primary care providers.

    “The results could be groundbreaking: increased patient and provider satisfaction. Patients get fast, affordable, on-demand diagnostics that traditional care models don’t offer. Physicians enjoy reduced burden, while pharmacists enjoy an expanded role.5

    Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, and Rite Aid account for nearly 23,000 Pharmacies

    CVS-Aetna merger: “Part of CVS’ advantage is the frequency at which patients use its services…Today, CVS engages 1 in every 3 Americans.”6

    CVS’ 1,100 MinuteClinic® concept is underutilized… but CVS will be “increasing their use and expanding their scope of practice by adding new services for the treatment of chronic disease.”7

    CVS’ MinuteClinic® will become community healthcare hubs where pharmacists would manage patients’ care and counsel them between primary care visits. 8

    These walk-in clinics will serve as development labs for a much higher degree of automation in primary care than is currently available.9

    Rite Aid merger with Albertsons now has a total of more than 4,300 pharmacies.10

    Southeastern Grocers Partner with eTrueNorth to Launch CLIA-waived Laboratory Testing in 253 Local Pharmacies.11

    The future looks bright for widespread adoption of infectious disease (remote testing) in pharmacies and other alternative testing sites in the future.12

Drug Development

  • Use in Translational Research for assay development
  • Build on Basic Scientific Research
  • Clinical Research using validated assay

Companion Diagnostic

  • Assay development
  • Provide information for safety and effectiveness for use with a corresponding drug or biological product

Remote Testing

  • Deployable molecular diagnostic device
  • Results comparable to laboratory-based molecular diagnostic technology

 


1. Kosack, CS, Page, A-L, and Klatser, PA. A guide to aid the selection of diagnostic tests. Bulletin of the World Health Organization (2017)95:639-645. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.16.187468.
2. Reducing the Cost of Care; Provide Home Care for Sicker Patients with Remote Monitoring. Lab Soft News. FeedBlitz (1/4/19) www.feedblitz.com.
3. Qato, DM, Zenk, S, Wilder, J, Harrington, R, Gaskin, D, Alexander, GC. The availability of pharmacies in the United States: 2007-2015. (2017) PLoS One12(8):c0183172 /doi.org/10.1371/ journal.pone.0183172.
4. The promise of point-of-care testing: Hy-Vee’s Kingston shows how it works. Pharmacy Today. February 2016. Pg. 34-37.
5. Ibid. pg 37.
6.  Larry Merlo CVS Health CEO. JP Morgan Chase Healthcare Conference Jan 7, 2019. Modern Healthcare.
7. ibid
8. CVS Health and Aetna close $69 billion merger. Shelby Livingston. Modern Healthcare. November 28, 2018.
9. A Visit with a MinuteClinic Nurse Practitioner; My Observations and Conclusions. Lab Soft News. FeedBlitz (12/18/18) www.feedblitz.com.
10. 2018 Economic Report on U.S. Pharmacies and Pharmacy Benefit Managers. Drug Channels Institute.
11. Supermarket News (1-10-19).
12. Schuetz, A. Bringing the Laboratory Test to the Patient With Point-of-Contact Tests. Clin. Microbiol: Bugs & Drugs. Clin & Public Health Microbiology Newsletter. (October 8, 2018).