Point of Care Testing
Under the leadership of faculty member Gerald Kost, M.D., Ph.D., our department is at the forefront of point of care testing (POCT) which is defined as laboratory testing that takes place at or near the site where the patient is located. Decentralized patient care, including POCT, is a growing trend and has the potential to decrease turnaround time and make testing more accessible and affordable.
The UC Davis Point of Care Testing Center, established in 1995, conducts both basic science and clinical research, coordinates national multicenter studies, and educates healthcare providers and product developers on how to optimize clinical use of point of care devices. Many multi-center and industry sponsored projects are in progress, in addition to basic and clinical research projects.
The UC Davis-Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Point of Care Technologies Center was established by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering in 2007, and develops novel diagnostic devices, testing methods, and interpretive tools that will help eliminate health disparities by making predictive, preemptive, preventive, and personalized care accessible to all communities. One of four in the United States, the Center focuses on critical-emergency-disaster care.