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New Mobile Technology Lab is working in Karachi

Faryal Nadeem Apr 04, 2017
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During this hot summer day, Muhammad Arsalan with his son wearing the warm clothes because of high fever, shivering and severe body pain entered the OPD of Dr. Kamran Ahmed.

Dr. Kamran checked the patient and asked the assistant to take the blood samples from both patients. Both father and son got a Positive result for Dengue. M. Arsalan currently works in a garments factory in Korangi Industrial Area as a computer operator. He was asked about the devices, which was never seen before in any hospital of Karachi. According to Dr. Kamran, the rapid test kit was fast and provides immediate results.

The patient Arslan mentioned that it was his first-time experience, that the results got so fast. He further added that for dengue test report, the patients have to wait for consecutive two days and doctors were unable to start the treatment until unless they receive the report. Dr. Kamran Ahmed who is the OPD doctor informed Muhammad Arsalan about the latest mobile technology, which is termed as ISTOC. It is a rapid test kit; the only requirement is the mobile set, or you must be having an Android phone or a smart phone. It will make the smart phone into a Virtual Clinic. However, no further attachments will be required to get the diagnostic result that will be completed in three simple steps.

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The representative of ISTOC said that the disease would be recognized in three easy steps.

  • 1st Step

First, the hospital get blood sample

  • 2nd Step

The blood is put on the specific device

  • 3rd step

After just ten minutes, the picture of the particular disease is captured. Devices like IDR and the mobile application will update the result and send it to the concerned person in just a minute.

Currently, the operators are working and diagnosing the test results of dengue, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and C, and Malaria. However, every disease has a different device to diagnose.

Jinnah acclaimed that ISTOC is an approved and registered with FDA. It is one of the disruptive mobile solution, which provides an immediate analytics and diagnostics. The scalable end-to-end solution is proving robust service and product. The Infectious Diseases Reader is a perfect solution for health care professionals in Point of care diagnostics for infectious diseases.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Abbasi, the Senior Director Health Service of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation said that we are collaborating with the ISTOC for Malaria, Hepatitis and to diagnose Dengue. The cost is efficient and claims that the results are 99.95% accurate. The 1500 results found from ISTOC devices are accurate and rechecked from PCR and the Elisa Kit. The results are up to mark. Karachi is the first city of Pakistan, which have introduced the high-tech devices for the poor people. This will assist everyone in early diagnosis and the treatment given by Dr. Abbasi.

The process of diagnosing is convenient and straightforward. The blood sample of the patient is taken on the device. The test is also scanned by a reader in mobile phone then IDA Secure cloud test results after the immediate release of the diagnosis. The instant results will be displayed on device enables patients to have active treatment.

The mobile application follows a secure data server which is encrypted with high standards that is stored in a secure and safe location. Analysis results will be accessed anywhere in the world. The Deputy Mayor of Karachi Arshad Vohra plans to spread the technology in other hospitals to provide the best result especially when they were facing the epidemic in past when we had malaria and dengue.

It is important to raise awareness about the latest technology and devices among the people. Because of the low literacy rate, the majority of individuals won’t allow the health professionals to take a sample. They prefer to get medicines. However, the same situation is faced in the entire Pakistan.

The spokesperson of ISTOC Pakistan is currently working in Africa, Nigeria, Brazil, Bangladesh and the other main parts of Europe to provide best health care all over the world. According to WHO the chances of error while diagnosing with the naked eye is high as compared to the computer technology. The obtained results are 99% accurate.

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