Despite significant investment from the private and public sectors in development of Point-of-Care Testing (POCT), Congress is concerned about the future viability of these diagnostic technologies designed to expedite patient diagnoses and reduce healthcare costs.

Empowering clinicians to make decisions at the “point-of-care” has the potential to significantly impact healthcare delivery with POCT allowing rapid patient diagnoses in the physician’s office or clinic, rather than waiting hours or even days for outside laboratory results. And, “multiplexing” of the technology enables many tests to be run simultaneously.

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