Clinical pathology plays a vital role in everyone's health

Used from birth and throughout life to prevent, detect, diagnose, refer, monitor and manage disease, it is considered as a key pillar of medical practice: in 70% of non-hospital and 80% of hospital cases, physicians have their diagnoses and therapeutic decisions rely on medical tests. Today, its role is considered essential in the patient care pathway, in health developments and for the sustainability of the health system. 

In France

  • 70%

    of diagnosis and medical decisions are made through clinical pathology

  • 2,4%

    is the part represented by clinical pathology in consumer spending on medical care

  • 96%

    of physicians believe that clinical pathologists play an important role in diagnosis

  • 97%

    of French people trust the results delivered by clinical pathology laboratories

Clinical pathology, a source of innovation for medical progress  

In just a few decades, clinical pathology has taken advantage of new technologies and artificial intelligence to allow new medical applications like mass spectrometry, and to process and control thousands of data sets with ever greater precision. It has thus contributed to the advancement of scientific knowledge, advanced our ability to detect and treat diseases, and supported the evolution of medical practices.  


Biological diagnosis enables to address the major health challenges of today and tomorrow, such as:


  • cancers

    by supporting the development of screening, genetic diagnosis and precision medicine.  
  • chronic diseases

    by insuring a regular long-term monitoring for a better patient management.
  • infectious diseases

    by helping improve their detection and management,  prevent antibiotic resistance and manage epidemics (HIV, COVID-19). 

Towards more prevention

At Cerba HealthCare, we are convinced that clinical pathology can act further upstream, and support health systems towards more prevention: better assessing the risk of disease development, detecting and diagnosing pathologies earlier and optimising the effectiveness of treatments by personalising them.