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An open-source solution for the management of data produced as a result of medical diagnostic investigations would be a boon for India.
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Hepatitis C, a potentially life-threatening liver disease, affects an estimated 12 million people in India, most of whom do not know that they have been infected with the virus. Thanks to newly available treatment, the disease can be cured in more than 90% of cases in only about 12 weeks. With effective treatment, there is now a real possibility of eliminating hepatitis C as a public health threat... but first we have to diagnose those who are infected.
For TB, early and accurate diagnosis is critical for prompt and effective treatment to start and the cycle of transmission to be broken. It is also important to determine whether the disease is resistant to first-line drugs. If it is, a different and lengthier second-line treatment regimen is required.