Dynamic Code digitizes diagnostics – secure testing using DNA

Ten million of the doctor visits that take place annually in Sweden are visits that are suspected infections intended for sampling.

Dynamic Code uses advanced DNA technology and patients can take the test in question at home and receive test results, diagnosis and treatment without having to leave home. Something that in the future is not only predicted to be an important part of healthcare, but which during the Covid-19 pandemic also showed evidence of being efficient, safe and flexible.

Anne Kihlgren is basically a biochemist and worked during the 90s at SKL, what is today called NFC (National Forensic Center). There, she worked with DNA technology in crime scene investigations and was involved in developing the technology used in this type of investigation even today. At SKL, Anne Kihlgren saw both enormous advantages but also opportunities with technology, which was the starting shot for the founding of Dynamic Codes in 2000.

– In the beginning, we worked mostly with kinship analyzes and pedigree checks for animals, we also worked as a consulting company and could give second opinions. In 2012, we started with the health concept we have today. In short, it can be said that we work with digitizing diagnostics and we have a platform that makes it possible to offer it to both consumers and care providers, says Anne Kihlgren, founder of Dynamic Code.

Dynamic Code currently offers over 20 different tests that enable care recipients and patients to be diagnosed remotely. The idea is based on the patient taking the sample at home and then sending it to Dynamic Code for quality-assured laboratory analysis. Once the sample has been analyzed, both diagnosis and treatment can take place directly via digital care.

– An example of the efficiency and resource saving that technology entails is our celiac test. The person who tests himself gets an answer as to whether he has celiac disease and intolerance to gluten within six days. In traditional care, such a diagnosis takes an average of 3.5 years to establish, says Anne Kihlgren.

And the fact is that Dynamic Code collaborates with both healthcare and pharmacies in the new healthcare landscape. The caregivers who are connected to Dynamic Code can, in the event of suspected patient symptoms, easily order a test for the patient at the touch of a button and thus use previous visit and sampling resources for other care services. Several of the Dynamic Codes tests measure several infections / parameters during the same sampling. Parameters that in traditional care are often measured separately at different times. An advantage of DNA diagnosis is that you can detect bacteria, viruses and fungi, which cause infection, effectively with high precision and safety. Thanks to technology, antibiotics can also be avoided from being prescribed – in cases where it is not necessary.

– Take sore throat for example, it can be caused by both viruses and bacteria. If it is bacteria-based, there is a reason for antibiotics, but not if it is virus-based. Our idea is to find bacteria and treat early. If we catch a bacterial-based sore throat in time, lighter antibiotics can be prescribed instead of a strong broad spectrum that may be required in the event of a long-term infection. Another example is our mycoplasma genitalium test, where you not only get answers about whether you carry the venereal disease, but the doctor who orders it also receives information about whether the bacteria are resistant to azithromycin. It is an important step to provide a good tool for diagnosis and thus avoid antibiotic resistance, says Anne Kihlgren.

Despite the fact that Dynamic Code has existed in the form it is in today since 2012, a large proportion of Sweden’s, as well as the rest of the world’s population in 2020 and 2021, really got to test the technology in reality with regard to Covid-19 -pandemin.

– Very many people have tested self-sampling with digital response and care at covid-19 PCR. It is a kind of “proof of concept”. The test results are trusted and we see a change in behavior, which I believe is the start of a huge development. We have really seen our digital test and diagnosis concept work. There is also development around logistics and distribution so that the tests become even more easily accessible, says Anne Kihlgren.

And the development of logistics is not the only thing that is developing in DNA technology. More and more players are researching and want to be able to offer preventive tests where, with the help of facilities, they find out whether the person taking the test is at greater risk for a certain disease or condition.

– Some tests like this already exist, but I think it is extremely important that the tests are meaningful. What I mean then is that they should have a value purely medically and thus be able to add value for those who test themselves. In the future, I believe that there will be a wide range of many valuable tests, such as HPV and pre-diabetes, says Anne Kihlgren.

The continued development of DNA diagnostics is and will be a significant part of future care. At Vitalis, the Nordic region’s leading e-health meeting, you will learn more about the eHealth of the future.

Vitalis is the Nordic region’s leading trade fair and conference on eHealth and the care and care of the future. It is an opportunity when representatives from municipalities, regions, authorities, academia and industry have the opportunity to meet, exchange experiences and knowledge and inspire each other. Vitalis will be arranged next time 17-19 May 2022. Read more at www.vitalis.nu

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