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…unveils online laboratory portal

By Juliet Umeh

Towards their effort to enhance health care delivery in Nigeria, save patients the expenses of referrals abroad and improve patient’s experience, a group of medical professionals known as Stack Diagnostic Product recently, unveiled  an online laboratory portal known as DiagnosMe.Africa in Lagos.

Stack Diagnostic said that the DiagnoseMe.Africa will leverage cutting edge technology to provide a platform where clients can order and pay for tests, sample pickup, sample analysis and receive results in the provider portal. They also said the portal will allow individuals to easily carry out medical tests at the convenience of their homes.

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Speaking at the media launch, Chief Executive Officer, Stack Diagnostic Product, Dr Abasi Ene-Obong, said the platform was launched to provide quality health care services in Nigeria particularly in the area of laboratory tests.

Ene-Obong lamented that deaths from some diseases like prostate and breast cancer which countries in Europe and America have been able to totally eradicate kills 80 percent of its patients in Nigeria. He called for a revolution in health care delivery in Nigeria through the provision and enhancement of recent technological tools stating that such revolution will reposition health care delivery in Nigeria and save lives.

He said: “The burden of diseases requiring molecular and genetics testing are on the rise in Nigeria. Thus, the online platform provides genetic testing services using a centralized laboratory approach, an online marketplace for ordering tests, receiving test results, confirming diagnosis, and referring patients for secondary and tertiary care.”

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He also mentioned that the platform can only be used by customers who have created accounts on the platform and that the platform  is a secured channel.

“Each patient has a private account that is secured on the portal which will store the medical history. The portal also has a forum for doctors to communicate and get a second opinion on an issue. In the same way, a patient can still use the portal to get across to a doctor of his choice.”

The portal contains the entire test available at their laboratory, how to conduct it, and the cost for each test with rebirths for every test ordered and for referrals.

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Also, Medical Adviser, DiagnoseMe. Africa, Dr Nchiewe Ani, said, the portal is created to save patients the expenses of referrals abroad and to improve patient’s experience. The Consultant Radiologist from the University of Calabar, Teaching Hospital, Cross River State, said the portal gives the doctor, a background of his patient’s medical history and reduces error in the management of the patient’s ailment. It also guides the doctor on his prescription method.

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