Pocket-sized device can diagnose infections in 4 minutes

In Wroclaw. a Polish start-up has created a mini-laboratory prototype to quickly diagnose infections, accurately and at a low cost. The pocket-sized mini-lab is called a SensDx. Its supported by the European Cohesion Policy and is soon to be released.

A hundred metres away, in the same complex as the Polish Center for Technology Development, Adam Junka, from PORT (the Polish Center for Technology Development), has been working on the project for a year. His team specializes in two types of sensitive bacteria that can be detected by a sensor.

“At present, we are on “streptococcus pyogenes”, this is a bacteria which produces inflammation in the throat and the second one is “haemophilus influenzae”. This is also a bacteria which produces an inflammatory state in the throat and leads to infections.”

The new technology means patients can find out in 4 minutes if an infection was caused by a bacterium, virus or fungi. Doctors will be able to adapt their prescriptions and reduce the use of antibiotics.

To read more about this go to: https://www.euronews.com/2019/01/24/this-pocket-sized-device-can-diagnose-infections-in-4-minutes

Assessing health technology in the EU

The European Commission has put forward a proposal to boost cooperation amongst EU Member States for assessing health technology. Greater transparency will empower patients, by ensuring their access to information on the added clinical value of new technology that could potentially benefit them. More assessments could lead to effective, innovative health tools reaching patients faster. For national authorities it means being able to formulate policies for their health systems based on more robust evidence. Furthermore, manufacturers will no longer have to adapt to different national procedures.

Member States will be able to use common HTA tools, methodologies and procedures across the EU, working together in four main areas:

1) on joint clinical assessments focusing on the most innovative health technologies with the most potential impact for patients;

2) on joint scientific consultations whereby developers can seek advice from HTA authorities;

3) on identification of emerging health technologies to identify promising technologies early; and

4) on continuing voluntary cooperation in other areas.

To read more about this go to: European Commission – PRESS RELEASES – Press release – Assessing health technology in the EU: Commission proposes to reinforce cooperation amongst Member States