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Tuesday, April 20, 2022
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

POCT is a rapidly expanding means of delivering laboratory testing closer to the patient. POCT offers accelerated turnaround of results with the potential for improved patient care. However, quality concerns combined with the pressure of meeting laboratory regulations and maintaining clinical staff competencies have challenged POCT programs. With additional requests for POCT services, programs struggle to maintain quality in an ever-expanding environment. This session will explore the challenges currently faced by POCT programs and offer tips for better managing your program and your sanity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify POCT market trends
  • Examine quality concerns with POCT
  • Discuss the role of a POCT program in maintaining quality
  • Identify helpful tips for managing POCT

​​​​This basic-level, complimentary webinar is produced by Whitehat Communications. Whitehat Communications is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.

About the Speaker

Picture of James H. Nichols, PhD, DABCC, FAACC

James H. Nichols, PhD, DABCC, FAACC
Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Medical Director, Clinical Chemistry and Point-of-Care Testing
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Nichols is a Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, and Medical Director of Clinical Chemistry and Point-of-Care Testing at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Nichols received his B.A. in General Biology and Premedicine from Revelle College, University of California at San Diego. He went on to complete Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jim was a fellow in the Postdoctoral Training Program in Clinical Chemistry at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He is board certified in both Clinical Chemistry and Toxicological Chemistry by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. Dr. Nichols spent several years as Associate Director of Clinical Chemistry, Director of Point-of-Care Testing, and Associate Professor of Pathology at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Jim later served as Medical Director of Clinical Chemistry for Baystate Health in Springfield, MA and acted as Professor of Pathology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Nichols’ research interests span evidence-based medicine, information management, laboratory automation, point-of-care testing, and toxicology.

We thank the Rocky Mountain Point-of-Care Network for their commitment to supporting continuing education.

Orchard Software is a proud sponsor of this P.A.C.E®-accredited opportunity on behalf of ​Whitehat Communications.