Large Market for Point of Care Testing

Large Market for Point of Care Testing

The market for point of care diagnostics reached $17 billion, in 2014, according to our most recent report on the topic.  Expect solid competitive activity, but tempered growth due to pricing strategies that continue to discount the cost of point of care (or POC) diagnostic testing in some segments and higher cost in other segments of testing.    

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The menu for point-of-care testing continues to expand.  Standard tests always thought of as POC have been joined by new markers and infectious disease tests. The traditional set of POC tests includes: blood glucose testing, blood gas and electrolytes analysis, rapid coagulation testing, rapid cardiac markers diagnostics, drugs of abuse screening, urine strips testing, pregnancy testing, fecal occult blood analysis, hemoglobin diagnostics, infectious disease testing and cholesterol screening, according to the report.  

Over the years, the increasing introduction of transportable, portable, and handheld instruments has resulted in the migration of POC testing from the hospital environment to a range of medical environments including the workplace, home, disaster care and most recently, convenience clinics. 

Kalorama says POC test devices have contributed significantly to the growth of the overall diagnostics market over the past 10 years. More diagnostic manufacturers have pursued CLIA waiver status for their POC devices and CE Mark for POC or self-use. 

At the same time more decentralized test venues invest in non-waived rapid tests and instruments POC testing appears to be headed for an even bigger role in diagnosis and monitoring patient care.

The World Market for Point of Care (POC) Diagnostics presents the main issues and trends affecting this market, influencing its move into the future. These include: Reimbursement Challenge, Competition, POC and Biosensors, POC Connectivity, The Emergence of Non-invasive Technologies.  Market sizes and forecasts for several areas are provided. Information on the report can be found at: