Point of Care Technologies - Diagnostics

This program supports the technology development of rapid in-vitro diagnostic technologies and monitoring platforms that provide real time medical evaluation and analysis of the disease status or condition at the time and place of patient care.


The program includes the delivery of healthcare that is safe, effective, timely, patient-centered, efficient, and available in centralized and decentralized locations. The emphasis is on developing technologies driven by clinical needs. Examples of technology development areas in this program include but are not limited to disposable lateral flow assays, nucleic acid testing platforms, glucose monitoring devices, etc.

Program priorities

  • Rapid: ideal diagnostic test time to identify species and determine drug susceptibility profiles, process the clinical sample (if appropriate), and detection and delivery of the final test result during a single interaction
  • Sensitive: sensitivity should be equivalent to or exceed current standards for proposed targets from the same sample type
  • Specific: specificity should be equivalent to or exceed current standards for proposed targets from the same sample type
  • Easy-to-use: integrated, closed sample-to-answer system with automated data analyses and/or result presentation and with minimal operator training and expertise required
  • Cost-effective: projected production and operating costs should be consistent or an improvement on commonly used platforms

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Point of Care Technology Research Network

NIBIB created the Point-of-Care Technologies Research Network (POCTRN) to drive the development of appropriate point-of-care diagnostic technologies through collaborative efforts that merge scientific and technological capabilities with clinical need. Today, with the support of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institution, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, Fogarty International Center, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, Office of AIDS Research and Office of Disease Prevention, the following Centers comprise POCTRN.

  • Point of Care Technology Research Network Center- Coordinating Center
  • Center for Point-of-Care Technologies Research for Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • The Center for Innovation in Point of Care Technologies for HIV/AIDS at Northwestern (C-THAN)
  • Atlanta Center for Microsystems Engineered Point-of-Care Technologies (ACME-POCT)
  • The Center for Advancing Point of Care in Heart, Lung, Blood and Sleep Diseases

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Point of Care Technology listserv

The e-newsletter serves as an information outlet to the Point of Care Technology community on current activities and initiatives involving point of care technology research supported by the National Institutes of Health. Join the NIBIB Point of Care Technologies listserv.

Notice of Special Interest in Physiological Monitoring and Point of Care Technologies for Trauma Care

Grant Number Project Title Principal Investigator Institution
5-R44-EB023408-04 Lateral flow immunoassay for rapid diagnosis of tinea capitis and onychomycosis Amanda Burnham-Marusich Dxdiscovery, Inc.
1-R21-EB030349-01 Paper-Analytical Device for Saliva Biomarker Diagnostics Charles Henry Colorado State University
1-R21-EB030305-01 BehaviorSight: Privacy enhancing wearable system to detect health risk behaviors in real-time. Nabil Alshurafa Northwestern University at Chicago
5-R21-EB027852-03 Just-In-Time Fall Prevention: Development of an mHealth Intervention for Persons with Multiple Sclerosis Ryan Mcginnis University of Vermont & St Agric College
1-R21-EB031235-01 Development and Deployment of an Electrochemical Antigen Testing System for SARS-CoV-2 Shana Kelley University of Toronto
5-K01-EB027718-03 Multiplexed pathogen identification via bead-based isothermal amplification in a low-cost microfluidic device Travis Schlappi Keck Graduate Inst of Applied Life Scis
5-R01-EB028106-04 SCH: INT: A Context-aware Cuff-less Wearable Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor using a Bio-Impedance Sensor Array Roozbeh Jafari Texas Engineering Experiment Station
1-R21-EB029376-01A1 Towards a Convenient, Point-of-Care Device for Screening and Surveillance of Aortic Aneurysms Ramakrishna Mukkamala University of Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh
1-R21-EB031466-01 Paper-COVID - Platform for High-throughput SARS-CoV-2 Screening and Contact Tracing David Erickson Cornell University
5-R03-EB029099-02 A Non-invasive, Wearable, Miniaturized Auscultation Device for Diagnosis of Pulmonary Diseases Farrokh Ayazi Georgia Institute of Technology