Diagnostic tests performed outside the central laboratory or decentralized testing is generally known as point-of-care (POC). Over the years, the increasing introduction of transportable, portable, and handheld instruments has resulted in the migration of POC testing from the hospital environment to a range of medical environments including the workplace, home, disaster care and most recently, convenience clinics.
Moreover POC test devices have contributed significantly to the growth of the overall diagnostics market over the past 10 years. As more diagnostic manufacturers pursue CLIA waiver status for their POC devices and CE Mark for POC or self use, more decentralized test venues are investing in non-waived rapid tests and instruments. POC testing appears to be headed for an even bigger role in diagnosis and monitoring patient care and the world market for POC tests has shown consistent growth, a trend that is expected to continue. This report, Worldwide Point of Care Testing Markets, includes the following:
Market analysis in this report covers world markets for point of care tests, however the reader will find a bias toward the developed areas of the globe -- North America, Japan and Western Europe. However public health and infectious disease are a growing global problem and where possible the report covers POC products related to global public health and healthcare delivery issues. The following specific POC testing segments are included:
The information presented in this report is derived on publicly available information sources such as company, government, and medical organization reports. The analysis is based on the author's industry knowledge combined with literature searches and interviews with industry professionals and experts in the areas of POC tests, decentralized healthcare and healthcare economics.
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