Point-of-Care Technologies Research Network
The United States has the highest annual per-capita health expenditures of developed countries, yet its population still faces significant health challenges. Many changes to the system are being proposed to address current inadequacies. To respond to the needs of an increasingly unhealthy population comprised of individuals with multiple chronic conditions, one goal of these changes is higher quality care at reduced cost, with a shift in focus from utilization of specialized care for the treatment of late-stage disease to an emphasis on patient-centered approaches and coordinated care teams that promote wellness and effective disease management. The evolving healthcare system includes new delivery models in which primary care physicians and nurses are assuming more significant roles, with the patient more involved in decision-making and self-care. These changes require the development of inexpensive and easy-to-use medical devices and information sharing tools that provide timely health status information at the point of care.
To address these challenges, the NIBIB created the Point-of-Care Technologies Research Network (POCTRN) in 2007. POCTRN’s purpose is to drive the development of appropriate point-of-care diagnostic technologies through collaborative efforts that merge scientific and technological capabilities with clinical need.
Each POCTRN Center performs the following functions:
- Assessment of clinical and user needs to inform device design and further define publicly available clinical needs information
- Evaluation of promising point-of-care prototype devices from the perspective of device performance and potential for clinical impact
- Completion of clinical testing appropriate for the stage of development of the chosen prototype and the target clinical application, to facilitate translation and commercialization
- Training and education of relevant stakeholders in the development and utilization of POC technologies, including technology developers, industry partners, practitioners and the lay community (as potential users)
- Development of partnerships with industry and other stakeholders to facilitate commercialization
- Utilization of Network collaboration as needed to achieve goals and increase visibility of point-of-care testing
Opportunities for collaboration with each Center can be identified by contacting the POCTRN Program Director, Tiffani Lash.
Join the NIBIB Point of Care Technologies listserv to receive email notices regarding point of care technology announcements and POCTRN center solicitations.
For further information visit the POCTRN website.
NIBIB Supported Projects
Point-of-Care Technology Research Coordinating Center
PI: John Parrish, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
The center maintains a sustainable national network that pairs unmet needs in the delivery of primary care with promising emerging technologies, and provides resources needed to accelerate clinical application of technologies developed by the four Research Centers.
1-U54-EB015408-06- Coordinating Center
Center for Point-of-Care Technologies Research for Sexually Transmitted Diseases
PI: Charlotte Gaydos, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
The long-term goals of the center include addressing the epidemics of STDs/HIV in the U.S. and in resource-poor settings by developing novel point-of-care tests and accelerating use of current ones to reduce health inequities and improve the sexual health of individuals, worldwide.
2-U54-EB007958-11- Research Center
The Center for Innovation in Point-of-Care Technologies for HIV/AIDS at Northwestern (C-THAN)
PI: Robert L. Murphy, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
The center will support development of a pipeline of needs-based point-of-care technologies critical for improved management of HIV/AIDS infected individuals in low and middle-income countries. The center will harness the existing expertise of a 17-year research and clinical network of collaboration addressing infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.
1-U54-EB027049-01- Research Center
Atlanta Center for Microsystems Engineered Point-of-Care Technologies (ACME-POCT)
PI: Wilbur A. Lam, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
The center will support inventors from across the country who are developing microsystems-based point-of-care technologies for cardiac, pulmonary, hematologic and sleep applications. The center will define their specific clinical needs, conduct clinical validation, and refine their technology, with the objective of accelerating the path to translation from proof-of-concept to clinical use.
1-U54-EB027690-01- Research Center
The Center for Advancing Point-of-Care in Heart, Lung, Blood and Sleep Diseases
PI: David D. McManus, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts
The center will evaluate and support point-of-care technologies in heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders for diagnosis, monitoring, and interventional delivery by addressing unmet medical needs, supporting pathways to adoption at the point of care, and training of and dissemination to relevant stakeholders.
1-U54-HL143541-01- Research Center