Point-of-Care (POC) is known as bedside or near-patient testing and is one of the most rapidly growing areas in the IVD market.

Point-of-Care or POC Systems include:

  • Disposable systems or devices using reagent test strips - examples, include HIV rapid test kits and the various pregnancy and blood glucose testing kits
  • Small analyzers, usually hand-held devices
  • Desktop analyzers are larger and include systems designed for use in clinics or small laboratories

There are many drivers in this segment of the diagnostics market, such as:

  • the rapidly growing home-testing market
  • the potential for these devices to accelerate the patient care decision-making process
  • the need to reduce overall length of stay in hospitals

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