Editorial Trends and Challenges in Translation of Point-of-Care Technologies in Healthcare

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Abstract

Point-of-Care Technologies (POCT) in Healthcare have emerged as a potential pathway in global and resource-limited environments towards improving access to healthcare with emphasis on preventive, personalized and precision medicine. The potential uses for POC technologies by patients or clinicians are many-from home-based monitoring to semi-managed and clinical inpatient healthcare. However, it is yet to be proven precisely what technologies are necessary or how they should be used to make an impact in improving access to quality healthcare. Although there is great potential for the application of new technologies in healthcare, physicians are skeptical about POCT since they fear it will generate large amounts of unreliable and overwhelming information of unknown benefit. Because the benefits and acceptance of POCT are unknown, a necessary first step in its development is performing market research of patients and clinicians to determine what POCT protocols would be most beneficial and acceptable. Research into POCT involves first understanding what the needs are of patients and clinicians, and then researching the best way to apply new technology to improve clinical care based on the understanding of these needs. The conference featured 5 keynote, 8 panel and 4 breakout sessions involving leaders from several stakeholder groups, including technology research, federal funding and regulatory agencies, industry and clinical healthcare. Through numerous presentations and group discussions, the conference participants concluded that the future of POCT depends upon facilitation of collaborative translational research towards development and meaningful validation of POCT in addressing specific healthcare and clinical needs with clear benefits and user acceptance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number0200108
JournalIEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
Volume6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomedical Engineering

Keywords

  • Point-of-care technologies
  • global healthcare
  • healthcare
  • mobilehealth
  • personalized medicine
  • precision health
  • preventive medicine
  • technology translation
  • telehealth
  • wearable sensors

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