PocDoc, the digital health platform and personal diagnostics provider, has been awarded the UKCA mark for its smartphone-based cholesterol test.
PocDoc technology allows users with a smartphone and the PocDoc app to perform a blood test for major diseases in a matter of minutes. PocDoc’s cholesterol test is the first in a product roadmap that will see the company transition to screening for diabetes, kidney and liver disease, female hormone imbalance, and more.
New research from the company finds that NHS wait times are the main reason Britons over the age of 25 do not seek help from their doctor (41%). This is followed by those who do not want to take on the burden of an already stressful health service (27%) and results that take too long (18%).
Blood testing is a particularly problem area, with faster and more accessible alternatives to regular blood screening for biomarkers of major diseases needed. PocDoc research found that nearly three-quarters (73%) of Britons aged over 55 have never tested cholesterol – a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and a requirement for cholesterol-lowering treatments.
With CVDs causing a quarter of all deaths in the UK, identifying those most at risk early is critical, ensuring that people receive appropriate treatment, saving lives and reducing stress on health services.
PocDoc hopes the launch of a cholesterol test will help remove some of the stress and anxiety around the test, making it easier for people to get tested regularly, as well as helping reduce pressure on the NHS.
There is a huge demand for solutions to help relieve pressure on the NHS, with personalized diagnoses presenting a great opportunity and blood testing ready for the disorder.
PocDoc research indicates a widespread openness of personality diagnoses across the UK. Seven in ten Britons (69%) would rather have a finger prick blood test than have a needle in their arm and nearly three in five (59%) would rather receive test results via a smartphone and not wait for an appointment with a doctor.
The cholesterol test allows anyone with a smartphone to take a blood test of their cholesterol levels, measuring five key markers associated with heart health – total cholesterol, HDL, non-HDL, total cholesterol and triglycerides. Patients using the test take a blood sample from a finger prick, which is applied to a lateral flow test (LFT) machine. The PocDoc app is used to fill in a health questionnaire with key questions related to heart health, then the app asks the user to take a picture of the LFT. Results are received on the PocDoc app – all within six minutes – and a health assessment report is emailed to them in real time, combining the health questionnaire with actual blood test results.
After successful trials, the cholesterol test will be launched across the PocDoc network of pharmacy partnerships to run all health checks, before being offered directly to companies, the NHS and other healthcare providers.
In addition to running in-house developed PocDoc tests, the company’s AI cloud diagnostic platform digitizes any lateral flow test and can run all smartphone-based home diagnostics for healthcare providers. It has been used to detect COVID-19 and polio, and the PocDoc’s product roadmap will see it used to detect diabetes, kidney and liver disease, female hormone imbalance, and more.
Steve Rust, chief executive and co-founder of PocDoc, said: “Our research shows that many Britons are choosing to delay treatment to reduce the burden on the NHS. But reducing pressure on the NHS does not have to mean putting your health at risk.” Increasing access to testing is one of the main ways we can By easing pressure on the NHS, the standard blood test process – from drawing blood to receiving results – is known to be expensive and ineffective.
“With cardiovascular healthcare in England alone costing £7.4 billion a year, our revolutionary technology means Brits can now take a test to detect high cholesterol and get their results within minutes on their smartphone. It’s a huge win for patients because It promises easier testing and early detection of this serious threat to their health.It is also a big win for the NHS, as early detection of high cholesterol can help avoid long and costly treatment later.Can save millions annually by helping to save critical clinical time need it.”
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