Valdemar Hospital establishes point-of-care testing system
17 April 2008
The Valdemar Private Hospital in Ringsted, Denmark, has invested in a
point-of-care testing (POCT) service from UK company Capio Diagnostics.
The service includes remote monitoring and management of the POCT
testing at the hospital from Capio Diagnostics’ POCT business based in
Skipton, Yorkshire, UK.
Point of care testing (POCT) is an innovative form of testing of
patient samples outside a conventional laboratory setting. It provides
faster delivery times and can therefore provide a more flexible and
efficient laboratory medicine service with potential for efficiencies of
medical and economic outcomes within the healthcare process.
It can offer improved access for the patient, reduced clinical visits
for patients, improved report turn-around time to allow a ‘one-stop
shop’ and potential for efficiencies of medical and economic outcomes
within the healthcare process.
Capio Diagnostics’ service offers ‘end-to-end’ connectivity with a
transferable electronic diagnostics record. The solution provides
network and data security with 24-hour monitoring of all connections,
capture of all test data, equipment and operator information, access by
the support team from any point in the world, and connection to the
customer’s electronic patient records if required.
The services focus on a selected range of analysers to provide a
broad menu of tests within biochemistry, haematology and microbiology.
Tests include: blood gasses & electrolytes, urea & electrolytes,
creatinine, glucose, HbA1c, CRP, cardiac markers, full blood count,
haemoglobin, PT/INR, urine analysis (dipstix).
“The overall goal for Valdemar Private Hospital using Capio
Diagnostics’ Point of Care Testing Services is to improve our patient
pathway. Thanks to the co-operation with Capio Diagnostics we can now
offer our patients an improved patient flow with fewer visits at the
hospital says Jens Jacobsen, Director at the Valdemar Private Hospital.
“Capio Diagnostics are leaders in the field of Point of Care Testing
services, offering a total solution for healthcare organisations, both
public and private. At the request of the County Council of Sörmland in
Sweden we currently manage a number of POCT installations in the county.
We also manage 15 remote sites across the UK. I am very pleased that we
now successfully have completed our first POCT installation in Denmark
in cooperation with Valdemar Private Hospital said Yvonne Lech, Managing
Director, Capio Diagnostics.