What’s New in Molecular Diagnostics?
The field of molecular diagnostics has grown exponentially in recent years, as advancements in DNA testing drive patient interest in understanding how their unique genetic code impacts their overall health and well-being. While many people are familiar with DNA testing to detect human genealogy – and even canine breed – molecular diagnostics is a breakthrough in leveraging DNA and RNA to detect and potentially prevent diseases. In this article, we explore the latest trends in the field and how SCC Soft Computer can help laboratories streamline their molecular diagnostics workflows.
How Molecular Diagnostics Works
Yale Medicine defines molecular diagnostics as taking DNA or RNA, the unique genetic code found in cells, and analyzing the sequences for red flags which can pinpoint the potential emergence of a specific disease.  Tests are usually conducted to determine whether or not a patient has a particular genetic mutation that can increase their risk of developing certain diseases. A common test is for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which may increase a patient’s chances of developing breast or ovarian cancer. By detecting genetic mutations early, and before disease develops, patients can work with their doctors to establish preventative care and potentially address diseases in their earliest stages, when they are more easily treated.
How SCC Soft Computer is Responding to Advancements
As the field of molecular diagnostics continues to grow, and as more patients become aware of its ability to help them map out personalized medical plans, testing facilities are looking to streamline their testing and diagnostics workflows to better manage data. That’s why we developed the SCC’s Genetics Information Systems Suite®, a full suite of genetics applications to automate workflows for genetics laboratories.
SCC’s Genetics Information Systems Suite – Key Features & Benefits
Our web-based suite integrates easily with hospital systems to offer the following workflow benefits:
- Complete Integration & a Single Shared Database
- Instrument Integration
- Reporting Capabilities
- Rules-Based System (RBS)
- Reagent Inventory Functionality
- Management Reporting
Our comprehensive suite includes modules for:
- Flow Cytometry
- Gene Portal
You can get additional details of SCC’s Genetics Information Systems Suite here.
Getting Started With Molecular Testing
When choosing a molecular diagnostics management system, it’s essential to consider your lab’s specific needs, IT architecture, and budget. At SCC, we know this can be a complex process – and our team is here to help simplify it so you can make the best decision. Complete our online contact form here, and a team member will be in touch.