Ready for Answers
IQIsolate tests panels for MS in neurology and IBS versus IBD (Crohn's & ulcerative colitis) will be available in Spring 2017. IQuity’s rheumatology panel for fibromyalgia, RA, and lupus are planned for late 2017.
If you suspect you or a loved one might have an autoimmune disease or condition, download our brochure and talk with your provider. And, we'd like you to join our community to stay up-to-date on our progress.
Autoimmune Disease Dilemma
There are over 80 different autoimmune diseases affecting 50 million Americans. Most are hard to diagnose, leaving patients waiting for answers for months to years while their organ systems are irreparably damaged.
The current conventional methods for diagnosis at the earliest stages of disease are inconsistent and costly, involving repeated diagnostic testing and multiple provider visits. These testing methods struggle to accurately deliver a definitive diagnosis at the earliest stages of disease. IQIsolate gives providers the ability to rule in or rule out a suspected diagnosis. This allows providers to move forward with a treatment plan or pursue additional diagnostic work-ups.
At IQuity, we understand the difficult, lengthy and costly journey patients face when healthcare providers suspect an autoimmune disease. We know the diagnostic uncertainty brings fear and anxiety for patients and their families. We are working to give providers information at the earliest clinical time points so they can deliver the right care at the right time and improve quality of life of their patients.
IQuity’s technology, IQIsolate, analyzes RNA expression data from a blood sample to give your provider a Yes or No confirmation of a suspected illness. RNA is different from DNA – a term you are probably most familiar with. RNA expression looks at what is going on in your body in real-time, while changes in DNA indicate potential risk of disease. IQIsolate can distinguish among diseases in a given medical specialty – for example, the IQuity gastroenterology panel can differentiate between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inﬂammatory bowel disease (IBD). Within IBD, this technology can accurately distinguish Crohn’s from ulcerative colitis. The IQIsolate process takes one week and delivers results to your provider with greater than 90% accuracy.
The Value of Early Diagnosis
IQIsolate gives doctors a timely, accurate tool to either rule in or rule out a suspected diagnosis and provide patients with the answers they are desperately trying to uncover. Current methods for diagnosing autoimmune disease and related conditions involve multiple physician visits and procedures performed over months and often years to reach a definitive diagnosis. With IQIsolate, providers can obtain a highly accurate result at the earliest onset of symptoms, in as little as 7 days.
There is also evidence that when diagnosed and treated early, relapses are often less severe and less frequent than when patients begin receiving treatment in later stages of the disease.
Living with Autoimmune Disease
At some point, you realize your body is not functioning as it should. Using MS as an example, early symptoms may be general, such as weakness, fatigue, low-grade fever, and difficulty concentrating, making autoimmune diseases like MS difficult to recognize. Following the initial symptoms reported to your provider, there may be a long journey of physician visits and tests to pinpoint which of the almost 80 different autoimmune conditions you might have, all of which affect you differently.
So, how do get the answers you need as soon as possible so that you get the right treatment? The first step is an accurate diagnosis at the earliest possible stage of your disease. Talk with your doctor about IQIsolate – the newest tool for your physician to get information to support the suspicion that you have an autoimmune disease or condition. Once your diagnosis is made, there can be a flood of emotions… relief that there is something real to treat, fear of what this means for your future, frustration – why me? The good news is, studies show that when diagnosed and treated early, these conditions can be better managed and can produce better long-term outcomes.
If you suspect that you have an autoimmune disease, it's very important to see your medical provider to identify your specific disease or condition and get started on the appropriate course of treatment as soon as possible. Autoimmune diseases and related disorders are treatable. But they are chronic conditions, and organ damage is typically irreversible. Today’s treatments are very effective in slowing disease progression.