Hospital Based Point of Care (POC) Diagnostics Market 2017 Forecasts for Products and Players in Healthcare Industry

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The market for Point-of-Care (POC) diagnostic products used in a hospital setting was worth approximately US$2.9 billion in 2011 with sectors such as cardiac markers making double digit growth in the year. There is growing interest in the adoption of POC technologies, strong demand in emerging markets, and the introduction of new products that enable POC testing for more applications.

The benefits are clear. Hospital-based POC diagnostics offer healthcare providers an opportunity to improve the quality of patient care while saving time and reducing costs. A faster diagnosis can mean a faster medical intervention, potentially avoiding the need to admit a patient into hospital and the costs incurred as a result, while also freeing up that hospital bed.

Hospital-based point-of-care technology provides clinical efficiency and life saving benefits including but not limited to:

A. The integration of IT connectivity and data management features enables POC analyzers to communicate with hospital IT systems and electronic patient records in order to increase efficiency, facilitate quality control and reduce the chance of user error.

B. The development of new technologies that enable DNA analysis and the identification of hospital-acquired infections such as MRSA at the point of care.

C. The patient experience is improved with shorter waiting times and hospital stays, and lower rates of hospital-acquired infections.

D. Automated calibration, processing and operation features eliminate the need for medical staff to add reagents or undertake manual handling steps as errors in these areas can impact patient safety and the accuracy of POC test results.

Challenges Remain
Concerns have been raised by laboratory professionals that the decentralization of hospital testing and the use of POC products by less skilled users may result in inaccurate diagnoses. This has strengthened resistance to the changes needed for POC products to be widely adopted and implemented. The counter argument in favor of POC testing is not helped by the lack of a wide clinical evidence base which is needed if POC diagnostics are to prove they provide lab-quality results and benefits in terms of clinical-usefulness, convenience and cost savings.

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The Competitive Environment
There are around 80 companies active in the hospital POC diagnostics market, although many are development-stage or have limited product portfolios. The market is currently dominated by Alere (previously Inverness Medical Innovations), Abbott, Radiometer, Roche and Siemens. Currently, Abbott, Radiometer, Roche and Siemens have strong positions in the markets for clinical chemistry and blood gas analysis; Abbott, Alere and Roche are leaders for POC cardiac marker testing; and Beckman Coulter, Quest Diagnostics, Horiba and Sysmex are key companies in POC haematology diagnostics.

Major Points from Table of Contents

Fig.1: POC Diagnostics in Relation to the IVD Market, 2011....4
Fig.2: Percentage of POC Diagnostics Market by Product, 2011...5
Regional Perspective.....5
Fig.3: Professional POC Diagnostics Market by Region, 2011.6
Regulatory and Reimbursement Environment6
CLIA Waiver6
Hospital POC Testing Market.....7
Hospital POC Testing Market by Product Type, 2007-2011 (US$ million).8
Fig.4: Hospital POC Testing Market by Product Type, 2011.....8

Select POC Diagnostics Companies’ Sales, 2007-2011 (US$ million)..9
Market Leaders by Hospital POC Testing Product Type....9
Merger and Acquisition Activity...10
Key Hospital POC Diagnostics Mergers and Acquisitions, 2008-2012....10

Clinical Utility and Accuracy.... 12
Connectivity 12
POC Diagnostics as a Disruptive Technology.. 13
POC Diagnostics and the Economy..... 14
Future Technology: Next-Generation POC Diagnostic Products. 14
Lab-on-a-Chip Devices and Microfluidics14
Detecting Hospital-Acquired Infections..15
Summary: Market Drivers, Restraints and Opportunities...16

Hospital POC Testing Market by Product Type, 2011-2017E (US$ million)....17
Hospital POC Testing Market by Product Growth, 2008-2017E (%).18
Fig.5: Predicted Hospital POC Testing Market by Product, 2017.18

PROTECT Study...55
VISION Study 56
POC Testing.56
Gaining Clinical Evidence....57
Market Dynamics.... 58
Fig.6: Global POC Cardiac Marker Testing Market, 2007-2017E (US$ million)..58
POC Testing Products....59
Currently-Available Cardiac Marker POC Tests..59
Fig.9: Global POC Urinalysis Market, 2007-2017E (US$ million)69
Key Urine Analysis Test Strips....70
Product Highlights.70
77 Elektronika’s DocUReader 2 and DocuReader 2 Pro..70
ACON Laboratories’ Mission Products70
Arkray’s Products.....71
Roche’s Products71
Siemens’ Products... 72

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