Business models & business cases for point-of-care testing

Staring, A.J. (2015) Business models & business cases for point-of-care testing.

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Abstract:Point-Of-Care Testing enables clinical tests at or near the patient with the assumption that test results will be available instantly or in a very short time frame to assist caregivers with immediate diagnosis and/or clinical intervention. The goal of Point-Of-Care Testing (POCT) is to provide accurate, reliable, fast and cost-effective information about patient condition. POCT can be part of the solution to the rising healthcare and welfare costs in the Netherlands and other developed countries without any loss of healthcare quality. POCT shortens the time for clinical decision-making about additional testing or therapy, as transport and preparation of clinical samples no longer causes delays, and biochemical-test results are available at the point of care rapidly. Overall POCT may improve medical outcome and lower costs. POCT viability conclusion shows the four automating the processing of POCT test results by Mobihealth are all viable. POCT allows general practitioners to perform tests in their practice and quickly make clinical discussions. The four business models implement the service of Mobihealth to push the POCT test results to the laboratory eliminating the need for a courier. Two of the business models use existing infrastructure to synchronise back with the information system of the general practitioner. The other two business models integrate the back synchronisation into the Mobihealth service thus eliminating the need for a third party. In one of those business models the responsibility of the laboratory to deploy POCT equipment is shifted towards Mobihealth. All in all most financial and non-financial benefits are achieved in the business models including the two way integration (automatic processing of POCT test results and the back synchronisation) by Mobihealth, whereas the business models without the back synchronisation pose less risks and are viable as well.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Mobihealth BV
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Information Technology MSc (60025)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/67670
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