In a recent Whitehat Communications webinar--POCT Coordination: Managing Your Sanity as Your Program Expands Beyond the Horizon—Dr. James H. Nichols discusses current point-of-care testing (POCT) market trends, the importance of quality management in POCT, and he offers tips on how to successfully manage your POCT program.
Healthcare’s shift to patient-centered, value-based care means that point-of-care testing (POCT) increases in value. When implemented in the correct patient scenarios, the rapid turnaround time (TAT) that POCT offers can improve patient outcomes and eliminate or reduce downstream costs. In order to achieve immediate access to those results and reap the benefits of POCT, the results must be readily available in the EHR—meaning POCT must be integrated to achieve its full potential.
The diversity of point-of-care testing (POCT) locations, devices, and operators makes its management and connectivity challenging. However, the greatest benefit of a POCT result is its rapid turnaround time (TAT). That TAT is not realized if the result is not immediately available to the provider or care team for action. Thus, connectivity is imperative to achieve the true benefit of rapid POCT.
In the right patient scenarios, the rapid turnaround time (TAT) that point-of-care testing (POCT) offers can increase provider efficiency and help improve patient outcomes. However, the diversity of locations, operators, devices, and device connectivity capabilities makes POCT challenging to manage and integrate.
Direct Access Testing (DAT) or direct-to-consumer (DTC) testing has been around for some time and has largely been discouraged due to lack of provider involvement for test interpretation. However, with advances in genetic testing, patients now have the opportunity to easily send in a swab and receive a plethora of genetic test results. This process is relatively new territory in healthcare, thus raises privacy, ethical, and safety questions.
As the contribution of point-of-care testing (POCT) continues to gain traction in response to value-based care, its oversight has proven to be complex and challenging. In order to gain the full benefit that POCT offers to improve patient outcomes, programs need to be well-managed and standardized across a healthcare organization (HCO). The knowledge base of laboratory professionals makes them well-suited to oversee POCT to ensure its quality, and simultaneously can increase their visibility and overall contribution to the care team.
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When a natural disaster occurs, such as September’s Hurricane Dorian that devastated the Bahamas and proceeded to do more damage all the way up the eastern coastline, it highlights the importance of emergency and disaster preparedness to mitigate the impact of a disaster and restore disrupted laboratory operations as quickly as possible.
Point-of-care testing (POCT) brings its own set of challenges in regard to regulatory compliance. Those laboratories that are inspected and certified by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) are likely quite familiar with the CAP checklists for different laboratory areas and departments. For a great refresher and summary of CAP inspection priorities for POCT, review the Whitehat Communications webinar, CAP is Coming – What do I do now? given by Kathleen David, MT(ASCP), POCT Manager at TriCore Reference Laboratories.
Installing a new LIS is an exciting yet stressful, undertaking. Every step of your laboratory’s workflow is impacted. It is wise to carefully think through all the implementation steps and make sure you are properly prepared before a new LIS installation. Whether replacing your LIS or getting one for the first time, there will be a period of disruption in your laboratory. Proper planning and preparation can lessen the stress associated with change.