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Posted: December 3, 2018

Turn data into insight with lateral flow Smartphone readers

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 to 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.

Why use lateral flow Smartphone readers?

old mobile telephoneMobile 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.

These features 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 lateral flow data solution because the algorithms and work-flows within Apps can integrate with cameras and connectivity technology readily available Smartphones.

Also, data can be easily translated from lateral flow test lines while in-situ, stored immediately, and then shared safely and securely to connected-stakeholders or data hubs in any location.

Turn data into insight

woman using a lateral flow Smartphone readerData is only useful if it’s used to monitor, improve, or discover outcomes and solutions in response to a need or problem. But, this can only be done if the right people have access to the data.

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 (patients, veterinarians, growers, food processors, or farmers etc), receiving data could help form improved working practices, help streamline health management strategies or empower patients receiving treatment, for example. And importantly, real-time data easily accessed by academia, research and industry alike helps formulate future improvements?

In Summary

The use of Smartphone technology in diagnosis and testing will continue to grow. Especially considering how 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.

AppDxTM

AppDxTM is mHealth software that turns a Smartphone into a powerful lateral flow reader and flexible data solution. The technology utilises in-built Smartphone features alongside an intuitive user interface and can be adapted to meet individual test requirements.

Abingdon Health blog author image: Malcolm Briggs