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by IRWIN Z. ROTHENBERG, MBA, MS, CLS(ASCP) 

It has been one of the primary goals in the reformation of our healthcare system to have patients more involved in managing their own health. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) promotes the shift from curative to preventive medicine by focusing on early detection and management of chronic disease, along with a more patient-centered approach to health care. POCT promotes these goals with rapid test results that providers can use to immediately inform patients of their condition or progress, and modify their treatment on-site. This provides a face-to-face opportunity to ensure understanding and discussion of future goals, thus more directly involving the patient in their own care.

by IRWIN Z. ROTHENBERG, MBA, MS, CLS(ASCP) 

With emerging technological innovations in healthcare, including smartphone apps, biosensors, lab-on-a-chip, and wearable devices—all of which offer a closer connection to the patient—point-of-care (POC) technologies are quickly becoming part of the transformation of the healthcare landscape. The driving concept in support of point-of-care testing (POCT) is to bring testing closer to the patient and results conveniently and quickly to the provider to expedite diagnosis and subsequent treatment. POCT allows for faster clinical decisions in hospitals, physicians’ offices, ambulances, patient homes, and in the field.