Thursday, June 3, 2021
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Eastern

POCT is a rapidly expanding means of delivering laboratory testing closer to the patient. POCT offers faster turnaround of results with the potential for improved patient care. However, quality concerns, meeting laboratory regulations, and maintaining clinical staff competencies have challenged POCT programs. With additional requests for POCT services, programs struggle with being able to maintain quality in an ever-expanding environment. This session explores the challenges faced by current POCT programs and offers 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 bachelor’s in General Biology/Premedicine from Revelle College, University of California at San Diego. He went on to complete a master’s and doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Nichols was a fellow in the postdoctoral training program in Clinical Chemistry at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. 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. Dr. Nichols later served as Medical Director of Clinical Chemistry for Baystate Health in Springfield, Massachusetts, and was a 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 Texas Gulf Coast POCC Group 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.