Low-cost, point-of-care (POC) diagnostics are a Holy Grail of healthcare. [1,2]Many initiatives and much funding have focused on this area but, with a handful of notable exceptions, few have been able to deliver on the promise of accessible and affordable blood tests.[3,4] By studying past efforts and learning from experience, a few key principles stand out to help those working to develop medical diagnostic platforms that truly are “for the rest of us.”

01 Don’t Hunt For Zebras

The idea of an easy to use device that can do everything, like the Tricorder from Star Trek, captures the imagination because it literally brings healthcare to…

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