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Vol 23, No. 11, November 2019   |   Issue PDF view/purchase
EDITOR'S LETTER
The economics of genetic testing

Since the completion of the human genome project in April of 2003 a bevy of applications emerged from the detailed information of the entire structure and sequence of the human genome. One such application is genetic testing where information about someone’s DNA and chromosomes may possibly be linked to a disease manifestation later in life or diagnosis. A common use of genetic testing is for diagnostics. More specifically, cancer diagnostics, where a tissue sample is obtained by biopsy that may help to predict prognosis, risk of disease, and provide information for treatment plans.

With molecular diagnostic technologies such as next-generation sequencing, it has made cancer genetic diagnostic tests more available. However, this begs the question of the cost effectiveness of the process and its viability in enhancing cancer management. Our cover story for this month by experts from ACT genomics, Singapore will elucidate with insights from a health economics perspective on the cost effectiveness of genomic profiling technology in cancer management. (p. 30)

Another highlight of November is the International Day of Radiology held on the 8th of November. This event is held annually to raise awareness and express gratitude to the field of radiology and its contributions to the medical world in bringing better treatments and diagnosis. In line with that we sat down with Per Edlund, the Head of Commercial Operations at Bayer Radiology Asia Pacific to discuss this ever-evolving field on how Bayer has been committed to bringing better patient outcomes through radiology for over 100 years. (p. 14)

Shining bright in our spotlights section this month are the many events that took place through September and October 2019. One highlight was the One-North Festival 2019 held from the 13th to 14th of September 2019. (p. 38) Organized by A*STAR, JTC and Science Centre Singapore the annual event showcases innovations from science and technology in an interactive manner where the public can experience.

We bring you a range of articles covering healthcare and public health in our columns segment this month. Sharing with you about clinical research studies that will lead the way for better healthcare (p. 20), artificial intelligence applications in healthcare (p. 22), and how one research initiative is solving the global threat of antimicrobial resistance. (p. 18)


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