Point-of-Care Testing: Needs, Opportunity, and Innovation, 3rd Edition


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Christopher P. Price, Andrew St John, and Larry J. Kricka
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 593
ISBN: 9871594251030
TrimSize: 7 x 10
Product ID: 6117

New 3rd Edition!

"This edition focuses less on the history and the technology of POCT, and more on POCT's emerging role as an enabler of health-care reforms and in delivering a patient-centred service...It provides an excellent evidence-based resource on when to use POCT (and when not to use POCT)...It is essential reading for any POCT Clinical Lead."

Annette Thomas
 Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cardiff, UK

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Point-of-care testing (POCT) is now considered a key enabler of reform and quality improvement in healthcare. Written by an international list of authors, this book brings together:

  • A distillation of the key challenges in healthcare today, including the move to patient-centered care
  • Analytical principles of POCT technology and the new developments in this field
  • How to manage an effective POCT service in a changing environment
  • Applications of POCT in a range of clinical settings and the improved outcomes that results from POCT.
  • A discussion of the challenges of translating innovative technology in the complex environment of healthcare, and the leading role that POCT will play in transforming healthcare delivery.

The technological developments described in this book demonstrate how all in vitro tests can potentially be delivered at the point of care in the future. The challenge for developer, manufacturer, purchaser, provider and user is to determine which tests will offer the greatest benefit and address the challenges of healthcare delivery. As a disruptive technology, experience indicates that the biggest challenge for all stakeholders will be transforming the practice of healthcare in order to generate these benefits. This is a ‘must read’ book for all developers and manufacturers of POCT technology, those who develop healthcare policy, those who purchase or commission healthcare services, and those who will use this innovative technology.