Smartphone HIV Test
"mHealth smartphone applications, such as those offered by Novarum, are poised to become an essential foundation in the bridge to augment the continuum of care to the neediest patients, while also providing management information and real time surveillance data,"
Andrew Shepherd, Omega Diagnostics
HIV - CARE MANAGEMENT
Scottish-based Omega Diagnostics develop specialist products for the Immunoassay IVD market, with an aim to improve human health & wellbeing through their diagnostic tests.
The company produce the VISITECT product, a disposable, semi-quantitative CD4 RDT used to establish the immune status of any HIV sufferer.
Not only were there challenges associated with designing the mobile application in tandem with the development of the test, other technical test-related barriers had to be addressed by the Novarum team to ensure the test and its app could be easily used, by anyone, in resource-poor settings.
Now complete, the Omega Diagnostics test, with its accompanying Novarum Reader App, has successfully undergone clinical trials in India and Kenya. By using the Novarum application with this low-cost disposable POC test, results can be easily obtained, collated and shared from even the most remote locations, meeting growing patient and health ministry needs in resource-poor countries.
Omega Diagnostics is also involved in the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) Mobile for Development mHealth Programme, which focuses on connecting mobile and health in sub-Saharan Africa. As part of this programme, the Omega RDT, with accompanying Novarum App, will be used to assist in remote care while providing real-time surveillance data to central government databases.
As part of the GSMA initiative to support the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, the VISITECT test and its accompanying app are set to expand their global reach to benefit further Resource Limited Settings countries categorised in the near future.