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Point-of-Care Software Solution Helps Manage Disparate POCT Scenarios across Patient Testing Locations

By LabMedica International staff writers
Posted on 13 Jun 2023
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Image: Orchard Point-of-Care offers centralized governance of a comprehensive POC testing program across patient testing locations (Photo courtesy of Freepik)
Image: Orchard Point-of-Care offers centralized governance of a comprehensive POC testing program across patient testing locations (Photo courtesy of Freepik)

Point-of-Care testing (POCT) is gaining increasing traction due to its alignment with the objectives of value-based healthcare. To fully leverage POCT's real-time benefits, the test not only needs to be performed at the patient's location, but the results also need to be electronically integrated into the patient's records and be instantly accessible to the healthcare team. This can enhance the efficiency of healthcare providers and potentially improve patient care and outcomes. Nonetheless, managing POCT can be challenging as it often occurs at multiple sites across a healthcare organization. Now, Now, a sophisticated POCT data management and integration solution provides centralized management for a wide-ranging POCT program across different patient testing locations. It incorporates support for specimen collection, routing, tracking processes, device management and integration, and a comprehensive competency module. The solution aids Point-of-Care Coordinators (POCCs) in monitoring patient testing, testing devices, operator certifications, and QC from a central point, bolstering quality testing and promoting patient safety.

Orchard Software’s (Carmel, IN, USA) POCT solution, Orchard Point-of-Care, assists POCCs in meeting regulatory requirements and enhancing overall efficiency, patient safety, reimbursement, and population health management initiatives. This flexible data management solution caters to a variety of POCT scenarios across multiple locations in any facility type, including the management of comprehensive specimen collection, processing, and tracking procedures. Orchard Point-of-Care allows POCCs to administer their POCT operations from a central point, improving management ease, efficiency, and compliance. Moreover, the solution improves POCT return on investment with tools and connectivity that support both fee-for-service and value-based billing models, ensuring accurate billing and maximum reimbursement.

Additionally, the Orchard Competency module, an optional add-on, aids POCCs in creating, evaluating, and tracking training and competency assessments for laboratory personnel and POCT end-users. This module can be used to create and automatically deliver customized quizzes and checklists, ensuring compliance with training and competency requirements and verifying that lab testing is carried out by certified individuals. Implementing a robust POCT data management system and connectivity solution like Orchard Point-of-Care can significantly cut down time spent on manual result entry, minimize errors associated with manual entry, and facilitate real-time result access, enabling timely care decisions by providers.

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