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Assuring Quality in Point-of-Care Testing: Evolution of Technologies, Informatics, and Program Management.
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PMID:  22032566     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Context.-Managing the quality of point-of-care testing (POCT) is a continuing challenge. Advances in testing technologies and the development of specialized informatics for POCT have greatly improved the ability of hospitals to manage their POCT program. Objectives.-To present the evolving role of technology improvement, informatics, and program management as the key developments to ensure the quality of POCT. Data Sources.-This presentation is based on a review of the literature and on our experiences with POCT at the Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). Conclusions.-Federal and state regulations, along with accreditation standards developed by the College of American Pathologists and The Joint Commission, have established guidelines for the performance of POCT and have provided a strong incentive to improve the quality of testing. Many instruments for POCT have incorporated advanced design features to prevent analytic and operator errors. This, along with the development of connectivity standards and specialized data management software, has enabled remote review of test data and electronic flow of information to hospital information systems. However, documentation of manually performed, visually read tests remains problematic and some POCT devices do not have adequate safeguards to prevent significant errors. In the past 2 decades the structure of a successful POCT management program has been defined, emphasizing the role of POCT managers working in conjunction with a pathology-based medical director. The critical skill set of POCT managers has also been identified. The POCT manager is now recognized as a true specialist in laboratory medicine.
Kent Lewandrowski; Kimberly Gregory; Donna Macmillan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine     Volume:  135     ISSN:  1543-2165     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Pathol. Lab. Med.     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7607091     Medline TA:  Arch Pathol Lab Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1405-14     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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