The Benefit of Point-of-Care Diagnostic Testing

Over the years, the number and types of point-of-care tests have grown dramatically and include everything from HIV/AIDS diagnostics to blood glucose tests to screenings for influenza or Group A Streptococcus.

Point-of-care testing is designed to be used in near-patient settings such as urgent care clinics, physician offices, emergency rooms, and even, in some cases, retail pharmacies. For many patients, it may seem quite ordinary to receive a quick diagnostic test during the course of a consultation. Traditionally, however, centralized laboratories—removed from the patient—have performed this diagnostic testing.