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8 Feb 2016

What is Point of Care Testing?

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  • Point-of-care testing (POCT), or bedside testing is defined as medical diagnostic testing at or near the point of care—that is, at the time and place of patient care.
  • Point of care testing helps improve outcomes and increase the speed of care by bringing the test results to the physician and patient’s side in a matter of minutes.
  • The demand for point of care testing is accelerating as health care providers and consumers look for better ways to get fast, accurate and actionable information to guide decision-making.
  • In fact, point of care testing is a $5.5 billion segment and one of the fastest growing in vitro diagnostics segments, in part because many health care systems are increasing their reliance on these technologies to inform patient care decisions because of their ease of use, speed and accuracy.
  • POCT includes: blood glucose testing, blood gas and electrolytes analysis, rapid coagulation testing(PT/INR, Alere, Microvisk Ltd), rapid cardiac markers diagnostics(TRIAGE,Alere), drugs of abuse screening, urine strips testing, pregnancy testing, fecal occult blood analysis, food pathogens screening, hemoglobin diagnostics (HemoCue), infectious disease testing and cholesterol screening.

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