The Point-of-Care Coordinators Online Resource

  POCC of the Year Award POC Vendors Contact Us Home
Nominations are still open for both POCC of the Year and Outstanding Contributions to POCT awards. Information can be obtained by going to the AACC website, Divisions, CPOCT, Awards. Deadline for submission is August 15th. Please consider nominating a colleague (or yourself)! The awards will be presented at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting in December.

POC Webinars


POC ListServs

POC Links

CLN Special Report on
Point of Care Testing
POCT Handbook
NACB Guidelines
POC Procedures
CAP Checklists Available
View the Checklist Press release
See the POCT Checklist


POC News

AACC International CPOCT Online - October 2, 2020

Daily COVID-19 Updates on CAP Today Website

Nova Biomedical Adds PT/INR Test to Allegro® Analyzer
Nova Stat Profile Prime Plus Analyzer Receives FDA Clearance for Point-of-Care Use

POC Groups

3Rivers (Western PA)
Bay Area (CA) 
Central Florida 
Heart of America 
New Jersey 
North Carolina
North Country (MN)
North Texas
Northwest (OR)
Rocky Mountain
San Diego 
South Carolina
Southern California 
Southwest Florida 
Texas Gulf Coast

Starting a POC Group

POC Resources

An excellent resource for appropriate test ordering and interpretation, Wallach’s Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests, 11th Edition, helps you save time, avoid errors, and arrive at an accurate diagnosis.

Learn more >

AACC International CPOCT one-day live virtual meeting
July 2020

The Latest Point-of-Care Technologies - Preparing for an Era of Change

AACC’s International CPOCT Online brings you the latest on new and emerging applications and technologies in a one-day live virtual meeting. Join experts and participants from around the world in timely discussions from the convenience of your home or office.

  • Explore the role of artifi cial intelligence, advances in testing technologies, and emerging trends in CPOCT
  • Learn how to adapt to today’s CPOCT challenges
  • Interact with leading experts during a live Q&A session
  • Earn ACCENT credit
  • Revisit sessions on-demand for up to one year

AACC’s International CPOCT Online is perfect for clinical laboratory physicians, supervisors, directors, and managers, as well as pathologists and supporting laboratory professionals who want to stay up-to-date with CPOCT technologies.

Learn More and Register at

AACC releases guidance document on using POC tests to improve patient care
MLO, June 2020

AACC has issued a new guidance document detailing best practices that hospitals and other healthcare institutions should follow when running a point-of-care testing program. As point-of-care tests emerge for more and more conditions—including COVID-19—the guidance emphasizes that it is essential for laboratory professionals and clinicians to collaborate on point-of-care testing programs to ensure this testing benefits patients.Point-of-care tests are clinical tests that can be performed... Read more >

A Lab World Embroiled in Pandemic
CAP Today, May 2020, By Karen Titus

Along with SARS-CoV-2, clinical laboratory testing has been hiding in plain sight far longer than many people realize.
But it took the novel coronavirus (which, frankly, hardly feels novel anymore) to make that clear to the rest of the world.

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, laboratory testing crashed the news cycle. National leaders sought to reassure citizens by promising millions of test kits. Economies shattered—and have since sought to return to life—based on
testing availability. Ordinary people woke before dawn to wait in lines at drive-through testing sites—often to be turned away when supplies ran out. Emergency use authorization became a common phrase. And behind every heartbreaking photo from an emergency department or ICU lingered an unnerving thought: We don’t have tests. Read more >

What’s Next on the Point-of-Care Testing Menu?
From SARS-CoV-2 to cardiac biomarkers, a steady stream of IVD innovation shows no signs of letting up
By Kimberly Scott, MAY 2020, Clinical Laboratory News

While point-of-care (POC) testing in recent years has drastically altered how patients are treated for conditions such as diabetes, HIV, and cardiovascular disease, new advancements on the horizon are expected to vastly improve near-patient treatment for strokes, infectious diseases, and cancer, according to experts.

In vitro diagnostics (IVD) companies are working to improve specificity and sensitivity of devices so that testing can be done on smaller specimen samples, said Nick Collier, PhD, chief technology officer for Sagentia Medical, a contract research organization based in the U.K. “There is a lot of interest in reducing sample size—using capillary blood samples to do testing, for example.”

While there are more than 100 POC tests available in the U.S., not all are widely implemented, such as tests for proteins in blood used for cancer diagnosis, noted Kathleen David, MT(ASCP), POC testing manager for TriCore Reference Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “Availability is one thing. Then there’s acceptance and implementation,” she said. “Some of these we will see in cutting-edge places in the next couple of years...' Read more >

WHO - Advice on the use of point-of-care immunodiagnostic tests for COVID-19

In response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic and shortages of laboratory-based molecular testing capacity and
reagents, multiple diagnostic test manufacturers have developed and begun selling rapid and easy-to-use devices to
facilitate testing outside of laboratory settings. These simple test kits are based either on detection of proteins from the COVID-19 virus in respiratory samples (e.g. sputum, throat swab) or detection, in blood or serum, of human antibodies generated in response to infection. WHO applauds the efforts of test developers to innovate and respond to the needs
of the population. Read more >

AACC Reschedules 2020 Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo to December

The ongoing spread of COVID-19 is a serious concern and as its global impact grows daily, AACC’s priority is always the health and safety of our community. AACC’s leadership has been carefully monitoring the outbreak and has been consulting members, staff, industry, and other experts.

Based on input from all stakeholder groups, and in close collaboration with host city officials, the organization is pleased to announce that AACC will be able to preserve the complete Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo experience to which its members, exhibitors, and the entire laboratory medicine community have been looking forward. The 2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo will now be held December 13 – 17, 2020 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Read more >

Congratulations to Lenox Hill Hospital as the winner of
MLO’s 2020 Lab of the Year Award!

Located in New York City’s prestigious Upper East Side, Lenox Hill Hospital opened its doors to the community in 1865 and continues to serve approximately 325,000 patients per year through those same doors. Earning its reputation over the years as a teaching hospital, the 632-bed Lenox Hill Hospital has provided care to both celebrity and layperson alike, with the same attention to treating a wide range of medical conditions and diseases. Read more >

Runners Up - Norman Regional Hospital | Mary Lanning Healthcare

Hospitals to report COVID-19 test data daily to the federal government

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to the nation’s hospitals, detailing how they should report data on tests they are performing to detect COVID-19, the agency said in a press release.

The letter was sent on behalf of Vice President Mike Pence. Specifically, the federal government wants hospitals to report daily data on COVID-19 test results conducted at in-house labs to both the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network. CMS said the data should
not include personal identifying information to protect patients’ privacy. Read more >

Staying Connected with POCT
Use online resources to keep up with what's happening in POCT

While every news bureau will keep you updated on the latest COVID-19 happenings, POC resources are also available that will enable you to stay connected with what is happening in our community.

POC Listservs

Listervs are a great way to communicate with your POC peers and if you are not part of one, or many, we encourage you to join.
Examples shown to the right include the POCT Listerv, AACC LIstserv and the AACC Artery can be found in the column to the right.

POC Webinars

Whitehat Communications will continue to host POC Group webinars through the support of POC vendors. You can visit the
Whitehat website
or our calendar pages for upcoming webinars.

POC vendors such as Siemens, Orchard, Fisher and others also have webinars on their websites that you can listen to.
Click here for a Google search page.

Others, such as Abbott Rapid Diagnostics Informatics / RALS hold monthly sessions that you join.

POC Publications

While publications will most likely continue to print and distribute the journals, you can also go online to latest from CAP Today,
Medical Laboratory Observer (MLO), Clinical Laboratory News and others.

Visit our POC publications page to access their websites.

ARTICLE ARCHIVE >   Questions or corrections: © 2020  BACK TO TOP