What is Point of Care Diagnostics?
“Near patient testing (also known as point of care diagnostics) is defined as lab-testing taken at
the time of the consultation with instant availability of results to make immediate decisions about patient care”
Point-of-care (POC) allows physicians and medical staff to accurately achieve real time, lab quality diagnostic results within minutes rather than hours. Through the use of portable blood analyzers, testing at the “point of care” streamlines the diagnostic process and helps ensure patients receive the most effective and efficient care when and where it is needed.
POC testing enables medical providers to make rapid triage and treatment decisions when diagnosing a patient’s condition or monitoring a treatment response. By simplifying the testing process, clinicians can focus on what matters most providing effective, quality patient care.
With patient testing offers benefits that extend beyond the bedside. It allows users to improve efficiencies and productivity; simplify processes and procedures; comply with regulatory and performance mandates; and reduce staff burden by bringing the focus back where it belongs: on the patient.
Recent advances have greatly expanded the capabilities of POC testing systems. In addition to offering a growing menu of tests, devices can transmit results wirelessly and in real time to the patient's electronic medical record for physician review. Some systems have been updated with features designed to help medical offices better manage their POC testing programs and ensure compliance with changing laboratory regulations.