Point-of-Care Informatics: Past; Present; and Future. Steven Valorz Director of Sales & Marketing Medical Automation Systems Charlottesville, VA. Google Results…. "point of care" "history" 23,000 results "point of care" "future" 37,600 results. Where it all began 20 years ago?.
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Director of Sales & Marketing
Medical Automation Systems
"point of care" "history"
"point of care" "future"
Tests done by non-laboratory staff outside
a recognized diagnostic laboratory
This terminology replaces Near Patient Testing (NPT) as
the favored term. Other terminologies include Bedside
Testing, Extra-Laboratory Testing and Disseminated
Early 2000’s and Beyond
- POC Testing
- Nursing Influence
- Open IT
- Patient Care
- New Entrants
- Regulatory Focus
- Dawn of Connectivity
Early to mid 1990’s
the most important ‘tools’
that you used when you
first got involved
Early to mid 1990’s
University of Virginia Health Science Center – Original Home of RALS Technology
Mid to late 1990’s
Alternative to Sneakernet
As POCT evolves, needs will include:
“It can be near the bedside, but it’s not always happening where you can run a wire….now, wireless has fueled this idea that clinicians truly are nomadic. Doctors now have tools available 24/7 and the ‘anytime, anywhere’ network has become a reality.”
Health Data Management, December 2003Today’s POCT Definition
Care at the bedside and anywhere else the
patient might be; or where decisions are
made by a caregiver, wherever they may be.
1. It’s not just glucose anymore…
% of Hospitals with POC Devices by Discipline
1999 (510 Hospitals)
2001 (584 Hospitals)
Source: Enterprise Analysis Corp. Stamford, CT
Must quickly and effectively handle…
It’s a “Paperless” World!
Downtime Not Allowed…It’s that simple!
The Need for Data Management
This isn’t always enough… : (
Look for technology which will:
Look for more patient outcome data
50% of labs have difficulty in recruiting
and hiring clinical laboratory workers
Source: Lab Medicine, September 23, 2003
DM Systems will have to provide value
end users in at least three forms:
Advantages of POC Testing
The New England Journal of Medicine, November 2001
Instead of clinicians going where data is, data is now going where the clinician is…
Bedside testing enables:
Data management software
POCT is here to stay and is growing because:
In 2005 MAS is planning a
‘POC Leadership Series’