Faster di­ag­no­sis on way

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By GIO­VANNI TORRE

A NEW Lab­o­ra­tory In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (LIS) for the state’s pathol­ogy provider, promis­ing pa­tients faster di­ag­no­sis, was an­nounced in Ned­lands last week.

Health Min­is­ter John Day said $47 mil­lion fund­ing for the LIS – the first of its kind in Aus­tralia – would pro­vide a boost for PathWest’s statewide net­work to meet the ris­ing de­mand for pathol­ogy test­ing.

“This is an in­vest­ment in the fu­ture of pathol­ogy and medicine in WA,” he said.

“The sys­tem has been proven at ma­jor North Amer­i­can in­sti­tu­tions such as the Mayo Clinic and will stream­line test­ing, track­ing, analysis and re­search and keep WA at the fore­front, es­pe­cially in the field of ge­net­ics.

“It will also have pos­i­tive spin-offs for our na­tion-lead­ing Un­di­ag­nosed Dis­eases Pro­gram, launched early last year.”

The LIS will in­te­grate all ar­eas of di­ag­nos­tic test­ing, in­clud­ing mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy and tox­i­col­ogy test­ing, promis­ing ben­e­fits for all of WA Health’s hos­pi­tals and fa­cil­i­ties that are served by PathWest, as well as the Coro­ner, po­lice and com­mer­cial clients, through more ac­cu­rate spec­i­men track­ing and quicker turn­arounds of di­ag­nos­tic re­sults.

Mr Day met 15-yearold Lo­gan Bay­ley, who was di­ag­nosed with Duchenne Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy, a rare con­di­tion that was con­firmed by ge­netic test­ing when he was four.

Lo­gan’s mother Klair said the LIS would help fam­i­lies on the “di­ag­nos­tic odyssey”.

“It can take a long time for doc­tors to find out what is wrong with a child.

It can take years, and some never get a di­ag­no­sis.

“This sys­tem speeds up the process. It helps pick up in­for­ma­tion from the genes and shares data.”

Ms Bay­ley is the ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Save our Sons Duchenne Aus­tralia, a reg­is­tered char­ity that pro­vides sup­port for fam­i­lies who have a mem­ber with DMD and raises money to sup­port DMD re­search.

Health Min­is­ter John Day at Pathwest with Lo­gan Bay­ley and his mother Klair and chief pathol­o­gist Do­minic Mal­lon.

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