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Why a Dedicated Journal on Point-of-Care Testing?

Lewandrowski, Kent B. MD, FCAP

Point of Care: The Journal of Near-Patient Testing & Technology: March 2002 - Volume 1 - Issue 1 - p 1

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Associate Director, Clinical Laboratories

Massachusetts General Hospital

Director, Core Laboratory

Director, Point-of-Care Testing

Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Boston, Massachusetts

Point-of-care testing (POCT) is one of the most rapidly evolving areas of laboratory diagnostics. The availability of new technologies, more sophisticated data management systems, and increasing confidence among laboratory professionals who manage POCT programs have created opportunities to improve medical care and streamline hospital operations.

Clinical needs for more rapid turnaround time and the importance of efficient patient management to minimize length of stay in hospitals have provided an incentive for diagnostics companies to develop POCT technologies. However, moving testing from the central laboratory to the patient's bedside creates a number of issues that require innovative solutions to ensure quality testing, meet regulatory requirements, and promote optimal utilization of resources. Outside the hospital, the market for home testing and patient self-monitoring is rapidly expanding-presenting an additional challenge to conventional laboratory testing.

In the past, answers to these questions may have appeared in publications geared toward laboratory managers, hospital intensivists, or clinical chemists. Now, healthcare decision-makers will find all the details they need to implement or maintain POCT programs-from product selection to outcomes analysis-in one publication:Point of Care.

Point of Care is a “hybrid” publication, which contains both peer-reviewed, research-based articles for healthcare professionals and technology-driven information presented by and for industry. Internationally recognized leaders in the field of near-patient testing comprise the journal's editorial board. Their expertise will ensure timely, informative clinical articles, management solutions, and technological advances from industry.

We are actively soliciting papers relating to any aspect of point-of-care testing. Submission guidelines appear in this issue.

We gratefully acknowledge the following contributors for their generous support during the launch of Point of Care: The Journal of Near-Patient Testing and Technology

Abbott Laboratories

Bayer Corporation

Diagnostics Division

Beckman Coulter

Instrumentation Laboratories

Lifescan (a Johnson & Johnson Company)

Nova Biomedical

Roche Diagnostics Corporation

Spectral Diagnostics

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.