The growing use of point-of-care (POC) tests could improve the efficiency of hospitals, physician offices and clinical laboratories. Performed at or near the site of patient care, POC testing is an easy and convenient method to perform assays.
A recent report from Persistent Market Research finds that the point-of-care test market is growing due to the advancement in technology and demand for quick test results. Other factors that drive the demand of quick diagnostics include:
- Rise in prevalence of infectious diseases
- Lifestyle diseases like cardiac disease and diabetes
- Rise in aging population
While people are concerned about the faster test results, physicians prefer POC for quick decision making, so that they can prescribe a disease-specific drug as early as possible. They don’t have to wait for lab test results for a long time. These quick tests can also help avoid side effects caused by drugs that may have been prescribed in the absence of a clear diagnosis.
POC tests include test kits for Pregnancy & Fertility, Blood Glucose, Cholesterol, Drugs of Abuse, Infectious diseases, Urine, Oncology, Cardiac Markers, Blood Gas/ Electrolytes, Hematology and more.
Based on prescription mode, the market is divided into Over-The-Counter (OTC) Test Kits and Prescription Based Test Kits. While the POC market has the largest share in the Americas region, due to increase in awareness the Asia-Pacific region is expected to show tremendous growth in future.
Key market players include Roche, Alere, Abbott, Beckman Coulter, Quigen, Thermo Scientific, Cepheid, Hologic, Gen-Probe, Orasure, Corgenics, and DRG Diagnostics GmbH.
Ranging from easy-to-use chemistry analyzers to urinalysis systems, reagents and drug test cups, POC products are now assisting in the management of multiple chronic conditions.
For urine drug testing, FDA-approved and CLIA-waived QuikScreen drug test cups provide a high degree of accuracy. With a simple testing procedure, the cup provides test results in just five minutes. Made in the USA, these cups can be customized to meet unique specifications of the user. An alternative to expensive lab equipment, these can be used in the doctor’s office to detect the presence or absence of drugs in patients, at the workplace for pre-employment checking, and also for personal home drug testing.