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What’s New in Point-of-Care Testing?

Le, Rachel D. BS*†; Melanson, Stacy E. F. MD, PhD*

Point of Care: The Journal of Near-Patient Testing & Technology: December 2014 - Volume 13 - Issue 4 - p 152–155
doi: 10.1097/POC.0000000000000042
Review Article

The literature published on point-of-care testing between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013, was reviewed. Point-of-care testing is increasingly utilized in health care because of its availability as well as the industries’ response to demands for new testing and improvements to existing testing, its promise of rapid bedside results, its potential to reduce health care costs, and its ability to improve health care, particularly internationally. This review divides recent literature into categories that have been published most extensively in the past year and briefly describes select articles within each category. The categories include infectious disease/global health, obstetrics and gynecology, diabetes, technological advancements, and other topics including cardiac disease, coagulopathology, and toxicology.

From the *Clinical Laboratories Division, Department of Pathology, and †Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

Reprints: Stacy E. F. Melanson, MD, PhD, Clinical Laboratories Division, Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115. E-mail:

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins