Tech talk: 'Micropatch' could see end of needlephobia

It’s only a small silicon chip, but it may just finally help get rid of the age-old fear of needles that many patients still use as a reason to skip blood tests.

Densely packed with microneedles, the diagnostic patch known as ‘micropatch’ uses nanotechnology to detect disease-carrying proteins directly from the skin.

The innovative technology being developed by Australian researchers could also reduce the reliance GPs have on pathology labs, particularly in rural communities, when needing blood test results for patients in a hurry.

It’s all the handiwork of a team at the