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Advancing disease detection and prevention in public health

ByHindustan Times
Jan 29, 2024 11:33 AM IST

This article is authored by Chandra Ganjoo, group CEO, Trivitron Healthcare.

MedTech is revolutionising public health by transforming health care diagnostics and treatment methods, leading to enhanced patient outcomes, increased health care system efficiency, and community well-being. A key focus of cutting-edge MedTech is on swift and precise disease diagnosis, enabling early interventions and preventive measures. Advanced MedTech also facilitates personalised medicine, tailoring treatments to individual patient characteristics, maximising efficacy while minimising adverse effects, and promoting a patient-centric health care model for the benefit of public health.

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In recent years, several breakthroughs have emerged across various fields, ranging from Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS), genomics, In-vitro Diagnostics (IVD), medical imaging technologies like computed tomography (CT) scan, mammography, ultrasound and X-rays. These innovative technologies contribute to earlier diagnosis and prevention of diseases.

Genomics and NGS stand out as game-changers in disease detection, unravelling the intricate genetic code of individuals. This revolutionary technology enables researchers and clinicians to analyse an individual's entire genome, providing crucial insights into genetic predispositions to certain diseases. For public health, genomics plays a vital role in the early detection of hereditary conditions, paving the way for preventive measures and personalised treatment plans tailored to individual genetic profiles.

Genomic technologies are instrumental in unravelling intricate genetic variations, fostering breakthroughs in medical understanding and enhancing patient care. These advancements empower researchers to identify disease-related genetic markers, paving the way for targeted therapies. Personalised medicine, a paradigm shift enabled by genomics tailors treatments to an individual's unique genetic makeup. This precision approach optimises therapeutic effectiveness, minimises side effects, and revolutionises health care by aligning interventions with a patient's specific genetic profile. The integration of genomics into medical practice heralds a new era of personalised medicine, promising more effective and tailored health care solutions.

Medical imaging technologies, like CT has revolutionised the detection of internal health issues. CT scans utilise X-ray technology to generate detailed cross-sectional images of the body, aiding in the diagnosis of diverse conditions, from fractures to cancer, guiding precise medical interventions. This imaging modalities offer detailed insights into the structure and function of organs, enabling early diagnosis of conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders, and tumours. In public health, widespread access to advanced medical imaging facilities contributes to the early detection of internal health issues, facilitating timely interventions and improved patient outcomes.

The advent of portable ultrasound and X-ray devices has brought diagnostic capabilities to resource-limited and remote areas, significantly impacting public health. Portable devices are particularly instrumental in emergency situations, enabling rapid assessment and diagnosis on-site. These technologies empower health care professionals to identify critical conditions promptly, such as trauma injuries or internal bleeding, enhancing the efficiency of public health response efforts.

Mammography continues to be a cornerstone in the early detection of breast cancer. Technological advancements in mammographic imaging, including digital mammography and 3D tomosynthesis, enhance the sensitivity and specificity of breast cancer screening. Public health initiatives promoting regular mammographic screening contribute to the early identification of breast cancer, leading to improved prognosis and survival rates.

IVD has experienced significant advancements in molecular biology techniques, enabling early detection of various diseases. Molecular diagnostics facilitate the identification of genetic markers and abnormalities associated with conditions like cancer, offering the prospect of precise and targeted therapies. Public health initiatives benefit from IVD as it streamlines the identification of infectious agents, thereby enhancing surveillance and response capabilities during outbreaks.

MedTech is at the forefront of transforming disease detection and prevention in public health. Genomics and next-generation sequencing, in-vitro diagnostics, mammography, CT scan, and in-vitro diagnostics contribute to earlier diagnoses, personalised treatment strategies, and improved overall health outcomes. As these technologies continue to advance, their integration into public health frameworks promises a future where diseases can be detected and addressed with precision, ultimately leading to healthier communities worldwide.

The ongoing synergy between MedTech and public health is poised to create a paradigm shift, fostering a world where proactive health management becomes an integral part of community well-being. The intersection of innovation and public health is laying the foundation for a healthier and more resilient global population.

This article is authored by Chandra Ganjoo, group CEO, Trivitron Healthcare.

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