DeHoyos Named 2002 Point-of-Care Coordinator of the Year by
the AACC POCT Division
5, 2002 - At this year's
AACC Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo, Diana
DeHoyos of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB),
Galveston, Texas received the 2002 POCT Coordinator
of the Year Award.
is part of a two-person POCC team that manages over
2000 users in the POCT program at the UTMB, a major
academic health center providing health care for
over 200 Texas counties by operating 98 health care
UTMB is comprised of
6 hospitals, 45 campus based clinics, and 47
community based clinics that are located from
approximately 1 to over 200 miles from the main
hospital in Galveston. The POCT program at UTMB
deals with glucose meters, coagulation instruments,
and numerous manual POC tests that account for over
1 million tests per year.
distances involved and size of the program mandated
a unique way of communicating (a website) with the
various locations. Diana was responsible for
developing the website (www2.utmb.edu/poc) dedicated
to UTMB’s POCT program. The web site allows easy
access of all required and up to date POCT
information, including MSDSs, test procedures, QC
forms, new test implementation, etc. The site also
contains some unique features, such as online
competency tests for various POC tests and online
proficiency testing of PPMP using digital images.
Diana also sets up
and coordinates training for Test Site Managers
(nursing personnel who have responsibility for a
sites regulatory compliance) and POCT users, writes
procedures, maintains the website and is newsletter
co-editor for the Texas GulfCoast POCC group, and
works on the bench every fourth weekend.
Diana graduated from
UTMB’s Clinical Laboratory Scientist program and
has been involved in UTMB’s POCT program since
early 1999. She is an active member of the
hospital’s POCT Continuous Process Improvement
Team, involved in training POCT users, performs
random monthly site audits, uses the internet to
monitor hospital/clinic regulatory compliance, and
involved in teaching Family Medicine residents and
Medical Technology students.
Over the last year
Diana was part of a presentation titled "Point
of Care Testing Management by using the
Internet" at the 2001 CLMA national meeting.
She recently gave a presentation as part of the
January 2002 AACC’s POCT audio conference:
"Managing Your Point-of-Care Testing Program
for Success" on the use of the internet, and
presented at the inaugural Point of Care Leadership
Seminar sponsored by Bayer Diagnostics.
She is lead author of
a manuscript titled "Development of a Website
for a Decentralized Point of Care Testing
Program" published in the Journal of
Near-Patient Testing & Technology, co-authored a
column on PPMP in the "Asked and Answered"
section of the same journal, co-author on two
abstracts (one each at the 2001 and 2002 AACC Annual
meeting), and authored a column in "At the
Bedside" in Advance for Administrators (Sept
2001) on how to develop a POCT website.
her professional behavior and willingness to
collaborate came from various levels of management
in Laboratory Medicine, Quality Management, Nursing,
physicians, clinic administrators, and industry.
Overall she has had a positive impact not only on
UTMB’s program but POCT in general.