Medical professionals need techniques that will help them diagnose diseases before debilitating symptoms begin to manifest in patients. Point of care testing, or bedside testing, enables rapid diagnostic tests to be performed at a patient's bedside.
- Immediate data, which can be interpreted by nurse or trained technician
- Decreased cost and effort, which could dramatically increase frequency of patient testing
- Cost-effective method to produce patient biomarker profile
Dr. Bashir's lab has invented a label-free, electronic method for quantifying various biomarkers from blood. This method may be incorporated into a portable handheld device which enables healthcare professionals to perform complete blood count diagnostics at the point of patient care. Key advantages over existing competing technology include versatility, scalability, and decreased cost of production.