Like many other parts of our global economy, healthcare is changing at a rapid pace. Advances in technology have made access to health information more democratic. Convenience now drives patient decision-making, and patients have more freedom than ever before to demand healthcare solutions that meet their individual needs and preferences. Furthermore, the patient-centered medical home is becoming more and more of a reality, and primary-care practices need tools that will help them satisfy this demand for convenience and provide the level of thorough care coordination their patients require.At Alere, our mission is to empower individuals to take charge of their health under the supervision of their healthcare providers. We bring this vision to life by developing smart products that address broad, unmet needs and extend diagnosis from the lab, doctor's office, and hospital to people's homes. We also build educational health management solutions around these products, which make it easier than ever to personalize care. Our programs connect patients to information that yields diagnostic results, and our smart platforms give healthcare providers seamless and instant access to these results, supplying them with the information they need to make the best decisions.We believe that, when people are involved in their own care, they benefit from an improved quality of life. Our products and services lead to better health, less urgent medical interventions, fewer hospital visits, and reduced healthcare costs.