Saving Lives - The Promise of Point of Care Testing

 

Summary

The past few years have heralded much excitement around the uses of Point of Care Testing (PoCT). With advancements in electronics, the miniaturisation and digitisation of technology has spilled over into the realm of medical diagnostics. Through portable, transportable and handheld instruments, PoCT is the ability to bring the diagnostic capabilities of a laboratory to the patients’ bedsides. It is effectively a potential solution to some of the health problems that India faces, especially in the context of the heavy burden of infectious diseases that plagues it and its large rural population with limited or no access to testing facilities.