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Has Point-of-Care Come of Age?

Pothier, Kristin BA, MS*; Kirtland, Mark BS, MS; Gupta, Sonia BA*

Point of Care: The Journal of Near-Patient Testing & Technology: September 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 3 - p 147-150
doi: 10.1097/POC.0b013e3181f381ff
Original Article

The prospect of point-of-care (POC) testing, enabling near immediate diagnosis and subsequent treatment, has been alluring to clinicians for years. Science and technological progression, evidence-based clinical and economic drivers for POC use, and the current health care system's demand for streamlined options suggest that POC products should be instrumental in today's diagnostic paradigm. Nevertheless, relatively few POC tests have attained commercial success. This article will review the current barriers to the use of POC, the emerging success factors, and the evolving future of this space.

From the *Health Advances, Weston, MA; and †LipoScience, Raleigh, NC.

Reprints: Kristin Pothier, Health Advances, Weston, MA. E-mail:

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.