Diagnostic technologies are used in healthcare to identify the nature or cause of a disease. Rapid and accurate diagnosis is critical for providing the most effective and potentially lifesaving treatments in a timely manner. In developed regions, most of the healthcare diagnostic tests are performed at central laboratories equipped with sophisticated molecular analyzers and other advanced techniques. However, resources in central laboratories are limited, thus there is an urgent need for fast, easy, and affordable diagnostic devices for healthcare applications, especially in developing regions. Notably, recent developments in point-of-care (POC) diagnostics can provide in vitro diagnostics and immediately actionable healthcare information at accident sites. POC tests can also, potentially, allow patients to self-test and self-managed care at their homes.
In this virtual issue of Advanced Healthcare Materials, we bring you a collection of cutting-edge research on healthcare diagnostic technologies. All articles are currently freely available for everybody to access, download, and read until the end of 2018.
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