The central laboratory market in Latin American nations is experiencing significant growth due to greater disease variation and a heterogeneous population, aiming to achieve a projected USD 17.59 billion by 2030. Yet, as timeliness demands continue to rise, clinical testing practitioners are recognizing the constraints of central laboratories. Point-of-care (POC) services are gaining increased attention.
EDAN, recently with the hard-work of Dr.Oscar Mu, an academic and clinical liaison, organized a series of academic training sessions across Latin America as part of its commitment to the region. The objective of these activities was to empower healthcare professionals with evidence-based medicine, disseminate crucial clinical information, and highlight the importance of point-of-care devices in enhancing patient outcomes.
Empowering Healthcare Professionals through Evidence-Based Education
In order to deepen our engagement in the local market, especially in Peru and adjacent countries like Colombia, Bolivia, and Ecuador. We established our subsidiary company at Lima Peru in 2022. Lipper Li, the General Manager of Edan Diagnostics Peru S.A.C. (EDAN Peru), expressed the significance of this move, stating, "With our extensive experience in this market, it is the perfect time to strengthen our local relationship with local healthcare institutions in Latin America." Recognizing the importance of establishing a strong regional presence, EDAN aims to make a greater impact on local healthcare practices. One of the initial steps towards achieving this is to enhance the accessibility of academic resources at a local level.
With the Peruvian office serving as an operations center radiating throughout Latin America, EDAN is poised to further promote this transformative idea. By empowering healthcare professionals with knowledge and resources, EDAN aims to enable end-users to deliver better care and ultimately improve patient outcomes.
The journey began in Guayaquil, Ecuador, which is considered the vibrant hub of the country's healthcare landscape. The University Hospital at Guayaquil served as the stage for an impactful gathering organized by EDAN. More than 100 clinicians from the region came together to participate in this event.
During this event, participants had the privilege of listening to a captivating presentation by Dr. Jose, a renowned figure in the medical field. Dr. Jose's profound expertise shed light on the critical role of turnaround time in medical cases, effectively steering the discussion toward the significance of incorporating research findings into clinical decision-making. As participants absorbed these valuable insights, a strong commitment to evidence-based medicine started to take hold, promising a transformative impact on healthcare delivery in the region.
After the meeting, Dr. Jose shared his observation that this approach to practicing allows individuals to absorb new ideas and knowledge more effectively compared to solely relying on internet sources. He further expressed his appreciation for EDAN's symposia, stating that they provide an excellent platform for expanding horizons and establishing connections with professionals in the field.
Apart from end users, our extensive network of distributors also forms a significant audience for this tour. The symposia will be tailored for different audiences, with a specific focus on highlighting the crucial roles of integrating research findings into clinical decision-making.
A noteworthy aspect of this initiative is EDAN's increased emphasis on clinical academic value. Bo Wang, MT(ASCPi), the POCT&IVD Marketing Manager of EDAN, stated, "This shift demonstrates our dedication to cultivating a culture of continuous learning and evidence-based practice, solidifying the importance of academic excellence in our mission, and surpassing our previous approach."
Revolutionizing Clinical Decision-Making in Latin America
The initiative extended to Bolivia, where health indicators rank among the lowest in the Western Hemisphere. Statistics reveal that only 20% of the rural population in Bolivia has access to safe water and sanitation.
In Santa Cruz, EDAN's clinical team visited the San Juan de Dios Hospital, where a lecture was conducted that focused on the intersection of evidence-based medicine and clinical application. This enlightening session equipped healthcare professionals with the necessary knowledge and tools to provide more informed and effective patient care.
In La Paz, Bolivia, the EDAN team engaged with healthcare professionals at the esteemed First Hospital Clinic, which is affiliated with the Universidad Mayor de San Andres. As a primary institution for medical education and research in the country, this teaching hospital served as the perfect setting for the culmination of EDAN's academic tour.
The workshop took place in the intensive care unit (ICU) classroom, where the crucial role of terminal blood gas analysis was emphasized. Through clinical case discussions, the workshop vividly demonstrated the tangible impact of this technology on patient outcomes, leaving a lasting impression on all participants. It became evident that the strategic use of POCT devices had the potential to save lives, further highlighting the profound significance of these workshops.
“In Latin America, our commitment goes beyond merely providing equipment training; we strive to offer academic expertise," added Bo Wang. "Our efforts are not limited to isolated events; they reflect a visionary approach to enhancing clinical excellence." He further emphasized that by equipping healthcare professionals with evidence-based knowledge, EDAN is not only raising clinical standards but also fostering collaborative academic resource sharing.
This innovative vision paves the way for a brighter and more interconnected future for healthcare in Latin America. Building on the resounding success of these events, the EDAN clinical team is enthusiastic about expanding this pioneering model to other regions. This is precisely what our #BeyondBorderswithEDAN campaign champions—a dedication to shared knowledge and patient well-being that drives excellence.
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