Financial value of POC testing

Cost justification of point of care testing in healthcare continues to be a hot topic

Perspectives on Cost and Outcomes for Point-of-Care Testing

Some POCT technologies have improved patient outcomes or hospital or emergency department operations. In some cases, these outcomes result simply from making a new test available, rather than performing the test at the point of care. In most cases, the rapid turnaround time provided by POCT is the main factor that is ultimately responsible for the improvement in outcomes.

Lee-Lewandrowski E, Lewandrowski K. Perspectives on Cost and Outcomes for Point-of-Care Testing. Clinics in Laboratory Medicine 2009; 29, 3: 479-89


Decreased patient charges following implementation of point-of-care cardiac troponin monitoring in acute coronary syndrome patients in a community hospital cardiology unit

Study demonstrates the cost effectiveness and clinical effectiveness of implementation of POC whole blood, cTnI testing for assisting clinicians with diagnostic and risk assessment of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients.

Apple FS, Chung AY, Kogut ME, Bubany S, Muramami, MM. Decreased patient charges following implementation of point-of-care cardiac troponin monitoring in acute coronary syndrome patients in a community hospital cardiology unit. Clinica Chimica Acta 2006; 370, 1-2: 191-95