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Managing the Challenges in Point-Of-Care Testing: An Ecosystem Approach

Gramz, Jamie BS; Koerte, Peter PhD; Stein, David PhD

Point of Care: The Journal of Near-Patient Testing & Technology: June 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 2 - p 76–79
doi: 10.1097/POC.0b013e3182685e33

As adoption of point-of-care (POC) testing increases and becomes more widespread, POC coordinators face increasing challenges in effectively managing their POC testing program. Operator management, device management, quality control, and compliance reporting are a few of the challenges being faced beyond the generation of results. An integrated “POC ecosystem” consisting of eight core components has the potential to improve a POC coordinator’s ability to meet the challenges. The eight core components include device management, operator management, quality control, compliance reporting, competency management, inventory management, remote monitoring, and mobile access. Although solutions for each of the components exist today in one form or another, efficiently managing all aspects of a POC program requires close collaboration among health care institutions, device manufacturers, and information technology vendors in the future.

From the Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Inc, Norwood, MA.

Reprints: Peter Koerte, PhD, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Inc, 2 Edgewater Dr, Norwood, MA 02062. E-mail:

No funding was received for this study.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins