In many ways, the UK’s diagnostics sector is world-leading. For instance, the advancements that the country has made in genomics over the last few years has transformed the industry, as demonstrated by the role the UK played in sequencing COVID-19.
Yet, at the same time, the sector is plagued by inefficiencies. Long diagnostic waiting lists – exacerbated by COVID-19 – have created a pandemic of their own. Patients today are presenting with more advanced conditions as a result of these delays.
Increasing efficiencies within diagnostics is critical to preparing the healthcare sector for the challenges that lie ahead. A more efficient and proactive service is also key to saving money, resources and lives over the coming decade.
We sat down with David Wells, CEO of the Institute of Biomedical Scientists (the body that covers the training, education and support of Biomedical and Clinical Scientists), to talk about improving efficiency within the UK’s diagnostics sector. He spoke to us about the challenges today, the impact genomics will have, and how technology can help.