Point-of-care diagnostics includes a series of innovations which render informations about the state of health and eventual infections within a short time and close to the patient. The example of patients with diabetes illustrates how instant measuring can improve the quality of life.
At the Paracelsus Center in Lustmühle (Switzerland), Dr. Thomas Rau has a special method of finding the causes of the patients' sufferings. Among other diagnostic, he uses dark field microscopy, a merely physical method of POC diagnostics, to visualize microorganisms without using chemicals to color the sample. After treating the illness, he and his team proceed to give holistic instruction which the patient may comprehend to change his eating and sleeping habits and thus maintain his/her health.
As our healthcare systems needs to save money, the instruction of the population about how their body works, in combination with measures aiming to treat the causes instead of the symptoms of any disease, is the most sustainable and even the cheapest method of keeping us healthy.