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What's Happening in POCT


Advances in POCT technologies outpace regulatory and accreditation requirements
Jeffrey A. DuBois, MLO, February 2017

Long after their deaths, two famous scientists continue to challenge us with their words. “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do,” said Leonardo da Vinci, Italian artist, scientist, and inventor. “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination,” spoke German-born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein. Their pioneering work has influenced all areas of science and, perhaps, even science fiction.

The imaginary tricorder in the Star Trek series may represent the ultimate goal of integrated point-of-care diagnostics, but it remains a fictional object. However, the Internet of individual care (and with it, the creation of high volumes of clinical data), where sensors, tests, and wearable devices have moved out of the laboratory and clinic directly into our lives for self-management and remote monitoring, has already begun and presents significant challenges to providers, regulators, and accreditation agencies alike. More >

IQCP: The Critical First-Year Findings
By Irwin Rothenberg, MBA, MS, MLS(ASCP), Advance for Administrators of the Lab, February 2017

A year ago, laboratory journals, professional meetings and in-house planning were all about the pending deadline for implementation of the new CMS quality control option, the Individualized Quality Control Plan (IQCP), which was replacing the Equivalent Quality Control (EQC) testing already in place.


With the January 1, 2017 implementation date rapidly approaching, many laboratorians had already begun performing their risk assessments, and making revisions to their existing QC Plans (as needed). Laboratory quality assessment schedules were revised to include QAs for the new IQCPs.

Whether or not IQCP is judged effective at actually improving the quality of the testing performed depends on how well the implementation process is carried out, along with the subsequent quality assessments performed. More >

How did your lab do with POCT?
Patrick Murray, MLO, February 2017

The end of flu season is in view
At this point in the year, most healthcare providers are seeing a steady wave of patients with flu-like symptoms. They may be struggling to pinpoint underlying causes and identify the appropriate treatment in a timely manner. Flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) have overlapping peak infection seasons, making it difficult to distinguish the two clinically. Group A streptococcus is also common now.

We’ve likely seen the peak of flu season,1 and RSV may be starting its wind-down as well,2 so this is a good time to begin reflecting on how point-of-care testing (POCT) in your institution affected performance in managing winter respiratory tract infections. Upon reflection, how might your POCT strategy be improved for the next flu season? Here are some considerations for lab managers, which may help with planning for 2017-2018.

Effect on overuse of antibiotics
An incorrect diagnosis or inaccurate test result may point providers to the wrong treatment, exacerbating the overuse of antibiotics. More than 25 percent of antibiotics are prescribed for conditions that don’t warrant them.3 Out of 97 million annual office visits among adults in the United States between 2007 and 2009 that resulted in an antibiotic prescription, 41 percent were for a respiratory condition, the most common out of seven categories. More >

Accriva Diagnostics Acquired by

Werfen and Instrumentation Laboratory

Accriva Diagnostics, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, announced today the definitive agreement with Werfen, a privately held medical diagnostics firm headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, and its subsidiary Instrumentation Laboratory (IL) headquartered in Bedford, MA, whereby Werfen and IL have acquired all shares of Accriva. The transaction was successfully closed on January 19, 2017.

The Accriva portfolio, including globally recognized point-of-care (POC) diagnostic products for coagulation and anti-platelet therapy response, will allow IL to establish a market-leading position in hospital-based POC Hemostasis testing, expand its position in POC Critical Care testing and complement its leadership in the Hemostasis Laboratory segment.


Accriva Website  |  Accriva Press Release  |  Werfen/IL Press Release

Is improving access for patients equaling loss of critical quality oversight?
Advance for Adminstrators of the Lab, At the Bedside, By Peter Koerte on January 2017

Diagnostic testing traditionally performed in healthcare settings such as hospitals and reference laboratories is increasingly expanding beyond the brick-and-mortar boundaries of which we’ve grown accustomed. Today, point-of-care testing (POCT), or testing conducted outside the laboratory, is quickly evolving to help expedite patient care and clinical decision-making.

There are key benefits to the point-of-care testing approach. The first pertains to response time and its effect on patient care. Critical Stat tests can be processed more quickly, expediting patient care for emergency situations such as suspected venous thromboembolism. More >

Point-of-Care Testing: The Great Boom Ahead
Kim Futrell, MT (ASCP), Products Marketing Manager, Orchard Software Corporation | Cap Today Online

White Paper features POC testing management and integration

A new white paper from Orchard Software titled “Point-of-care Testing: The Great Boom Ahead” discusses the history of POC testing connectivity and shares specific case study savings and improvements associated with the adoption of a POC testing connectivity and management solution. 

The value-focused environment of today’s healthcare is increasing the demand for POCT; and not just POCT, but rapid, accurate, and integrated POCT results. Improvements in patient outcomes and satisfaction can be realized when laboratory results are made available in real-time at the patients’ point-of-care. Yet, POCT tends to be siloed and often is not managed by the lab. To meet the evolving needs of healthcare, laboratories need to actively manage POCT. To do so effectively... More > 

FDA Releases Two Final Guidance Documents
on Blood Glucose Monitors
Clinical Laboratory News, December 2016

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released the final versions of two guidance documents, “Blood Glucose Monitoring Test Systems for Prescription Point-of-Care Use” and “Self-Monitoring Blood Glucose Test Systems for Over-the-Counter Use.” These documents describe the studies and criteria that manufacturers should submit when seeking clearance for blood glucose monitors designed for use by healthcare professionals and patients at home, respectively. More >


The complete versions of both guidance documents are available at www.fda.gov

Siemens Healthineers acquires Conworx
® Data Management System

Siemens Healthineers announced that the company is expanding its informatics capabilities for point-of-care testing with the acquisition of Conworx Technology GmbH, the Berlin-based developer of point-of-care device interfaces and data management solutions. The addition of the Conworx suite—including UniPOC and POCcelerator—complements the Siemens Healthineers award-winning RAPIDComm Data Management System and will elevate the informatics offerings for the point-of-care market by delivering open connectivity for more than 100 different instruments from all major manufacturers. More >

AACC Launches Express Membership Category

$65 Annual Fee Provides Numerous Association Benefits

Great news for POCCs and Exclusively for New Members, AACC’s New Express Membership enables you to benefit from a wide range of resources at an affordable dues level, including:
Access to AACC’s online networking opportunities; Select educational programs, and News publications.


One of the essential ways that AACC members convene is online through the members-only AACC Artery. Discussions cover a range of topics from the challenges of monitoring point-of-care testing compliance to practical lab fundamentals, such as critical values and specimen types and retention. For more details, and to sign up, visit the Express Member page!

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