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The Evolution of Leadership in POCT
By Kimberly Scott, Clinical Laboratory News, July/August 2019

As point-of-care testing (POCT) continues to grow in hospitals, physician offices, retail clinics, and other settings, professional roles are also evolving to keep pace with changes in this technology, the complexity of testing, and the need to engage with clinicians.

Once consisting of just a handful of assays, POC tests now number in the hundreds, ranging from blood glucose monitoring to rapid strep to prothrombin time/international normalized ratio (PT/INR). The market for POCT grew by an estimated 9.3% between 2013 and 2018, and worldwide, the POCT and rapid diagnostics market is projected to top $38 billion by 2022, according to industry experts.

With the growth of POCT comes challenges for laboratory directors, POC coordinators, and other professionals responsible for ensuring that instruments are maintained and that those performing testing are trained, follow quality control protocols, and remain in compliance with clinical and regulatory standards.

Brenda Suh-Lailam, PhD, DABCC, FAACC, director of clinical chemistry and point-of-care testing at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, said much of her time is spent ensuring the quality of testing done at patients’ bedsides by defining, implementing, and monitoring the standards of performance. Read more >

Sessions and Events for POCCs at the AACC Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA | August 4-8

The 71st AACC Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo is just weeks away and there are many educational and networking opportunities for POCCs, including...

Sunday, August 4, 2019 | 8:30AM - 11:30AM
Rise and Shine! The Essential Elements of a Point of Care Testing (POCT) Boot Camp (Part 1)
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Sunday, August 4, 2019 | 12:15PM - 3:15PM
Afternoon Reveille! Continuing the Essential Elements of a Point of Care Testing (POCT) Boot Camp (Part 2) | Learn more

Monday, August 5, 2019 | 2:15PM - 4:15PM
Racing Against Time: Point of Care Testing (POCT) in Mobile Health Settings | Learn more

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 | 2:30PM - 5:00PM
Worldwide Challenges in POCT) - A Focus on Molecular POCT | Learn more
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 | 2:30PM - 5:00PM
Tackling Infectious Disease Testing and Interpretation: Considering the Perspectives of the Core Clinical Laboratory and POCT | Learn more

Thursday, August 7, 2019 | 7:30APM - 10:00AM
17th Annual Point-of-Care Coordinators Forum POCT: From Research to the Clinical Setting
Anaheim Convention Center, Ballroom E | Register

Challenging the Status Quo on Quality Control

A focus on patient risk is driving changes to old paradigms
By Kimberly Scott, Clinical Laboratory News, June 2019

Despite knowing that errors in testing can lead to serious patient harm, too many clinical laboratories are performing only the minimum amount of quality control (QC) required by regulation and recommended by manufacturers, leading some in the industry to call for labs to adopt more robust statistical quality control (SQC) approaches designed to focus on patient risk.

A recent study of current SQC practices in U.S. laboratories found that 21 leading academic laboratories surveyed typically employ two standard deviation (SD) control limits in spite of their known high false rejection rate. It also found that labs generally use a minimum number of control measurements per run (two) and often perform the minimum frequency of SQC, explained James Westgard, PhD, founder of Westgard QC (Am J Clin Pathol 2018;150:96-104). “Based on this survey, it appears that current QC practices are based on mere compliance to CLIA minimums, rather than the best practices for patient care,” Westgard said. Read more >

CPOCT Division Announces 2019 Awards!

Kathleen David - TriCore System POCT Manager is the 2019 Point of Care Coordinator of the Year

Kathleen is the POCT Manager at Tricore, responsible for general operation of assigned Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) at TriCore Sites: 15 hospitals and 140+ clinics. She manages the department and coordinates activities with other areas of the organization and with internal and external customers to ensure that quality standards are met.

She is responsible for ensuring service quality to the satisfaction of the hospital or client. She works closely with appropriate medical/scientific director(s), Site Managers and Rapid Response Lab (RRL) Director regarding decisions on matters relating to patient care, technical performance, quality and finances. She oversees and directs the efforts of POCT Coordinators to ensure goals and standards of the sponsors are met.

Rick Import - Whitehat Communications, is the 2019 recipient of the Outstanding Contributions to POCT Award!

Rick founded Whitehat Communications in 2008 to fill an educational need for Point-of-Care Coordinators (POCCs).

Prior to Whitehat, Rick led interactive and educational discussions at POC Groups throughout the country titled "Leadership Communication" which provided attendees with techniques and tips to improve their communications with their supervisors and operators using real-life issues in the lab and on the floor.

Rick formed Whitehat Communications with one sole purpose – to produce webinars for the hospital laboratory and point of care community across the U.S. that would provide educational sessions covering a wide range of timely and practical topics chosen by the POC groups themselves.

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