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Point-of-Care Diagnostic Services as an Integral Part of Health Services during the Novel Coronavirus 2019 Era

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Department of Public Health, University of Limpopo, Polokwane, Limpopo Province 0727, South Africa
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International Clinical Research Center, Department of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-7965, USA
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Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-7965, USA
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Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-7965, USA
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Department of Surgery, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA
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Diagnostics 2020, 10(7), 449; https://doi.org/10.3390/diagnostics10070449
Received: 2 July 2020 / Accepted: 2 July 2020 / Published: 3 July 2020
Point-of-care (POC) diagnostic services are commonly associated with pathology laboratory services. This issue presents a holistic approach to POC diagnostics services from a variety of disciplines including pathology, radiological and information technology as well as mobile technology and artificial intelligence. This highlights the need for transdisciplinary collaboration to ensure the efficient development and implementation of point-of-care diagnostics. The advent of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has prompted rapid advances in the development of new POC diagnostics. Global private and public sector agencies have significantly increased their investment in the development of POC diagnostics. There is no longer a question about the availability and accessibility of POC diagnostics. The question is “how can POC diagnostic services be integrated into health services in way that is useful and acceptable in the COVID-19 era?”. View Full-Text
Keywords: point-of-care diagnostics; healthcare services; COVID-19 era point-of-care diagnostics; healthcare services; COVID-19 era
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Mashamba-Thompson, T.P.; Drain, P.K. Point-of-Care Diagnostic Services as an Integral Part of Health Services during the Novel Coronavirus 2019 Era. Diagnostics 2020, 10, 449.

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