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Assuring quality in point-of-care testing.

To the Editor.--Point-of-care testing (POCT) is one of the fastest-growing areas of laboratory medicine. With a projected yearly volume increase of 11% each year, POCT is growing at twice the rate of central laboratory testing. (1) Lewandowski et al (2) recently reviewed technologic and informatics improvements that have paved the way for this growth. The authors stressed the need for effective POCT program management that is supported by pathology-based medical directors. The College of American Pathologists' (CAP) Point-of-Care Testing Resource Committee (3) endorses that position and created an online resource, the Point of Care Testing Toolkit, to help new and current POCT medical directors meet the medical, quality, and regulatory requirements of POCT. We encourage pathologists to access this POCT Tool Kit at the CAP Web site (www.cap.org) and be active leaders of all forms of laboratory testing in their institutions.

CYNTHIA BOWMAN, MD

Consultant

Hope, ME 04847

TIM HAMILL, MD

Department of Laboratory Medicine

University of California

San Francisco, San Francisco,

CA 94107-1773

References

(1.) Sutherland R. Market Perspectives on the (in vitro) diagnostics industry. Med Tech Innovation Center. January 10, 2010. http://www.mtic.dk/files/ Pdf/Market_Perspectives_Diagnostics_Industry_Arhus_ 20JAN10_Redac.pdf. Accessed January 4, 2011.

(2.) Lewandrowski K, Gregory K, Macmillan D. Assuring quality in point-of-care testing-evolution of technologies, informatics, and program management. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2011; 135(11):1405 1414.

(3.) College of American Pathologists Point of Care Testing Committee 2010-2011. Point of Care Testing Tool Kit. College of American Pathologists. http://www.cap.org/apps/cap.portaR_nfpb 5 true& cntvwrPtlt_actionOverride5%2Fportlets%2Fcontent Viewer%2Fshow&_windowLabel5cntvwrPtlt&cntvwr Ptlt%7BactionForm.contentReference%7D5committees %2Fpointofcare%2Fpoct_toolkit.html&_state5 maximized&_pageLabel5cntvwr. Accessed January 4, 2011.

Dr Bowman is the immediate past chair and Dr Hamill is the current vice chair of the College of American Pathologists Point of Care Testing Resource Committee. The authors have no relevant financial interest in the products or companies described in this article.

doi: 10.5858/arpa.2011-0644-LE
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Title Annotation:Letters to the Editor
Author:Bowman, Cynthia; Hamill, Tim
Publication:Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:May 1, 2012
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