Point-of-care, or POC, testing occurs at or near where a patient is located and may be used for many different purposes. POC testing can include tests conducted by a patient (self-monitoring), family member, care provider, or community health professional at home; and tests conducted inside a clinic, hospital, laboratory, or long-term care facility.
CADTH has reviewed the evidence on POC testing for the following health services areas, which are included in this summary:
- infectious diseases
- ultrasound and imaging.