The Future of

Point-of-Care Connectivity


Friday, May 18, 2007

Presbyterian Hospital in Huntersville

The spring meeting of the NC Point of Care Network was held at Presbyterian Hospital in Huntersville, NC on May 18, 2007.  The meeting featured “A New Wave of POCT Connectivity”, “AdvaMed: Code of Ethics” and “The Future of Informatics”.  Marlene Williams, Sharon Eudy, Anita Romano and Jamie Feinour, Point of Care Coordinators at Presbyterian Hospital, hosted the meeting.  The meeting was attended by 55 of our members.

Welcome Business Meeting Upcoming Meetings Officers Ice Breaker
“A New Wave of  Connectivity” “AdvaMed: Code of Ethics” “The Future is OPEN Connectivity” “Wireless Technologies in POC” Closing Thoughts


Marlene Williams welcomed us to the meeting and thanked everyone that helped with the planning and arrangements.  Dr. Farnham, a pathologist from Presbyterian Hospital, also welcomed us to the meeting and to Presbyterian Hospital in Huntersville.  He asked us to remember that the presence of good quality controls only leads to future security.

Business Meeting

Debra Norkett, the Point of Care Coordinator from Northeast Medical Center and our NC POC Network President, lead the business portion our meeting.  Deb gave special thanks to our hosts and also to our vendors.  She reminded us that all of this was made possible only through the generous support of our vendors.  We are extremely grateful!

Kim Ballister and Sheila Cruthis, POCCs for Moses Cone Memorial Hospital, presented a brief Treasurer’s Report updating us on the status of our finances. 

  • $2580 Expenses for both 2006 meetings

  • $3039 Vendor income

  • $368   Dues collected

  • $2680 Account balance

They collected the 2007 member dues of $10. 

Upcoming Meetings

  • The fall meeting will be hosted by Paula Stafford, Point of Care Coordinator at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville.

  • The spring meeting will be hosted by Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC in May of 2008.


The group also nominated officers for the NC POC Network.  Nominations thus far include:


  • Marlene Williams

  • Sherry Gant

Vice President:

  • Joyce Bowers

  • Britt Weaver


  • Patty Hawkins


  • Kim Ballister/Sheila Cruthis

We will continue to accept nominations for these positions.  Please send all nominations to Debra Norkett via email.  Voting will take place at our fall meeting.  Also, an updated list of our members was distributed.  Sherry Gant will continue to keep these updated.

Ice Breaker

Next, we enjoyed an entertaining game of Bingo.  The ice breakers are always a great way for us to get to know our peers in the NC POC Network.

A New Wave of POCT Connectivity”
Greg Menke, President and CEO of Medical Automation Systems

Greg Menke, President and CEO of Medical Automation Systems, was our first speaker.  Greg shared “A New Wave of POCT Connectivity.”   He stressed our need to transform POC data management to information management by the following: changing from moving information to mining information, finding patterns in the data, automating laborious data analysis, and simplifying the reporting process.  We need to think outside of our traditional space and understand that hospital purchasing decisions will be driven by cost savings.  The new wave in POCT is integrated information.

AdvaMed: Code of Ethics”
Andrea Purser, Senior Account Manager for Roche Diagnostics

Our second speaker, Andrea Purser, Senior Account Manager for Roche Diagnostics, provided us with information on the “AdvaMed: Code of Ethics.”  The AdvaMed Code addresses unique interactions between device firms and health care professionals.  Andrea shared the reasons AdvaMed revised its Code of Ethics and gave an overview of the revisions. 

“The Future is OPEN Connectivity”
Becky Clarke, Executive Vice President of Telcor

Becky Clarke, Executive Vice President of Telcor, spoke on the topic “The Future is OPEN Connectivity.” Becky discussed Interoperability and Open Systems in respect to Point of Care.  These ideas enable us to effectively and efficiently gather, manage, and use clinical information.  She also shared how the industry is working to support the informatics and the challenges it presents.

Wireless Technologies in POC”
Jose Castanon, U.S. Informatics Marketing Manager, LifeScan.

Jose Castanon, U.S. Informatics Marketing Manager for LifeScan, Inc., discussed the “Future of Informatics: Wireless Technologies in POC.”  Jose helped to educate the group on the various types of wireless technologies available to include information on the different standards and different families, necessary security, hardware required, and the network basics related to POC.  He also covered the challenges and considerations we must work through when adding connectivity to our POC programs.

Closing Thoughts

Throughout the day, there were many giveaways for the attendees.  Everyone also received an umbrella personalized for the NC POC Network. Overall, we had an outstanding meeting packed full of valuable information we could take home and employ in our own POC programs.  The POC group from Presbyterian needs to be commended for a very successful, well-planned meeting.

Sherry Gant,
Vice-President for the NC Point of Care Network
Point of Care Coordinator for Gaston Memorial Hospital

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