Each of us strives to get the highest quality services in one place, so as not to waste time searching for the right specialist, doctor, laboratory, consultant. Today the trend is such that a new view on laboratory diagnostics is formed, personalization of diagnostic search and laboratory service is taking place. We will tell on an example of one laboratory. About the personification of diagnostics and laboratory services tells the director of strategic development of medical company LabQuest Daria Pikalyuk.
The activity of the modern laboratory is viewed through the prism of personified medicine, which consists of three complementary aspects – personalized prevention, personalized diagnostics and personalized therapy. In this model, the task of a modern medical company is to create such approaches and solutions that will allow in the diagnostic search to designate laboratory studies and interpret the information issued by the laboratory, taking into account the individual characteristics of each person. Such an attitude emphasizes the necessity and significance of laboratory research in the medicine of the future – personalized medicine.
Our interlocutor is convinced that laboratory diagnostics plays no less a role in the diagnosis and in the accompaniment of treatment than the examination and functional diagnostics. “The proper assignment of analyzes and their correct interpretation is the guarantee that we will quickly eliminate the problem or work quickly on health problems,” Pikalyuk said. It’s all important to adjust to the needs of the client and make it get everything you need in one place. Therefore, according to Pikalyuk, her company develops a “fundamentally different for the market view of personal laboratory diagnosis, based on the interaction of the doctor and the patient, which will help the patient to better understand the processes that occur in his body and get better care with the best results . This is a new philosophy of attitude towards the patient and a new level of information about the possibilities of personalized laboratory research. ”
Of course, it is important to show people how the laboratory works, immerse people in laboratory diagnostics, it is important to inform and give knowledge about medical analyzes. The laboratory, the representative of LabKvest says, wants to build partnerships with doctors to ensure that Doctor Q specialists (personal medical consultants) answer all the patient’s questions and, together with their attending physician, can quickly and effectively solve the patient’s problem. For example, when planning a diagnosis, Doctor Q takes into account the individual characteristics of the patient, practicing a multidisciplinary approach. When compiling laboratory complex programs, the doctor analyzes all aspects of the patient’s health condition, thereby reducing the patient’s way to the correct diagnosis, effective therapy and recovery. The consultation of the patient and his attending physician by phone is free of charge.
What includes personalized prevention, diagnosis and therapy?
Personalized prophylaxis of pathological conditions is aimed at the search for a genetic predisposition and the identification of environmental factors in predicting the development of a disease in humans. So, based on the results of genetic testing and the conclusion of a geneticist, the clinician can formulate recommendations for the patient to reduce the risk of developing predicted diseases.
Personalized diagnostics is based on the study in a clinical sample of biological markers, by which it is possible to evaluate the state of physiological processes in the body. For example, using molecular genetic methods of research, the type of virus that circulates in the body of a particular person is accurately identified today. And in the microbiological laboratory, microorganisms are identified by molecular “fingerprint” (the spectral characteristics of different protein structures, which are unique for each type of microorganism). Based on the results of molecular diagnostics, the physician establishes the individual status of the human body, predicts the course of the disease, and selects the optimal treatment regimen. Personalized diagnostics helps in the detection of oncopathologies, where the description of each biopsy specimen is conducted by a pathologist using high-tech immunohistochemical and molecular biological methods of research.
Of course, an individualized approach to diagnosis in case of a pathological condition reveals a personalized choice of therapy for the patient, followed by an evaluation of the effectiveness of therapy.
“In our work we emphasize the importance of deep synergy of patients, laboratory specialists and practicing doctors. Thanks to this approach, each person becomes an active manager of their health. The patient is involved in the care and decision-making regarding health, has an increased responsibility for the condition of his body. All this significantly brings the patient closer to personalized medicine, creates a trusting and comfortable atmosphere of interaction between the doctor and the patient, “notes Darya Pikalyuk.