4 Innovations On mHealth and POC Devices

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

There has been much talk about innovations in mobile health technologies among the international aid community in recent years. But now there’s a new kid on the block.

Point of care is a term that will inevitably be added to the lexicon of the most tech-savvy development professionals in the course of 2015, with a number of industry experts marking POC devices out as something we’ll all soon be talking about as an emerging trend.

So what is POC all about? It’s about the convenience of not having to refer a patient to another facility to get a test, according to Dr. Alain Labrique of the Johns Hopkins University’s global mHealth initiative.

POC devices allow the user to perform a diagnostic or support function at the location where care is being provided, whether at the hospital bedside, in the home, or out in the field. One example is a portable electrocardiogram system that allows physicians to test a patient at their bedside and make a clinical decision in an expedited way.

Source: Devex (link opens in a new window)

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