MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENTIFIC EVENT FOCUSING IN POINT OF CARE TESTING AND ITS BENEFITS FOR SOCIETY
Whats is it?
POC DAY ‘Latin American Point of Care Testing Meeting’ is a multidisciplinary scientific event, whose objective is to show the benefits of the POCT (Point of Care Testing) technology, also called rapid tests, to access immediate, reliable and accessible information for the health professionals, contributing to better clinical, operating and economic results.
Specialists from different Latin-American countries present different visions of the technology’s use, showing experiences and success cases, in addition to raising discussions about access and economic and regulatory models of Point of Care Testing.
The meeting gathers national and international speakers, research groups’ representatives, medical societies, industry big players and public agencies, which bring to the ‘Point of Care Day’ discussions about the use of the technology in different health areas such as epidemics management, chronical diseases, hospital flow, infectious diseases, toxicology, perioperative care, emergency services and intensive care. It also raises topics about the situation of Point of Care Testing in Latin America, adoption of the solutions in public policies and its regulation in the region, connectivity and indicators such as quality control, cost and benefit and the sector’s future trends.
The 1st POC DAY arose from the need for an event focused on Point of Care Testing, technology that is of paramount importance to public health, but until then there was no place for focused discussion of the topic.
The first event was held in 2016 in São Paulo and gathered around 180 health professionals from the region. Since then it has been happening every two years, being the second edition in 2018 in Bogota, Colombia for more than 200 doctors and the third scheduled for 2020 in Mexico.