Effectively, Insight is the ‘meat in the sandwich’ between the creation of data and the establishment of potential actions, improvements or solutions in response to datasets. With growing global populations placing greater demand on supply chains and healthcare systems, Insight into dealing with issues such as supplying safe food or providing the best possible patient outcomes need be formed at a pace that meets demand. In turn, data needs to be captured rapidly and easily to aid Insight-formulation. When it comes to Insight relating to diagnosis and testing, this is where lateral flow Smartphone readers can help.
Mobile telephones have evolved immeasurably. So much so that they’re no longer called mobile telephones and now called Smartphones. This is owing to the improvements in accuracy and efficiency, their connectivity capabilities and their adaptable, portable functionality.
It is these features that have led to the provision of rapid diagnosis and testing, in many industry sectors, via the use of customisable Smartphone lateral flow reader Apps.
In fact, Smartphone readers are contributing to the expected growth of the lateral flow diagnostics market by a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 8.2% by 2022, up from $5.5bn in 2017. (Source: Markets and Markets)
Smartphone Apps provide ‘industry’ with a cost-effective semi-quantitative or quantitative lateral flow testing solution because the algorithms and work-flows within Apps can integrate with cameras and connectivity technology readily available in Smartphones.
Also, data can be easily translated from lateral flow test lines while in-situ, stored immediately, and then shared with approved connected-stakeholders in a matter of minutes, via compliant channels, to any location across the world.
With Smartphone readers, research or industry partners can simultaneously gain access to, and analyse and monitor; anomalies, trends, and patterns in order to devise, test and implement theories and solutions.
In regards to beneficiaries, i.e. patients, veterinarians, growers, food processors, or farmers, receiving data could help form improved or appropriate working practices, or help with health management strategies? Also, feedback about the data provided by beneficiaries to research and industry partners could help with their work?
It is feasible that the use of Smartphone technology in diagnosis and testing will grow beyond the current predictions. Especially considering the increasing role of Big Data is likely to impact on lateral flow diagnostics.
Also, owing to how ‘industry’ operates these days i.e. via multi-company, multi-location or multi-country partnerships, Insight is best formulated with the availability of accurate data provided via user-friendly and accessible methods. For which lateral flow Smartphone readers are well placed to accommodate this need.
AppDx is a customisable lateral flow Smartphone reader App that utilises an intuitive user interface that can be adapted to meet individual test requirements.