Point of Care Technologies

Supporting citizens, clients, patients and professionals in care and cure at the right time and at the most suitable location.

Supporting citizens, clients, patients and professionals in care and cure at the right time and at the most suitable location. 

The concept of POC technology (POCT) is based on fast and accurate analysis of small amounts of (e.g. biological, physical or behavioral) parameters with devices that can be deployed close to the patient/client/citizen leading to actionable insights for citizens, patients and their care professionals. In addition, POCT is used, for example, for remote monitoring of patients.

POCT is essential for prevention, early diagnosis, remote treatment and lifestyle support. The application of Point Of Care Technology (POCT) contributes to affordable, accessible, high-quality care with more control for citizens, clients, patients and professionals. Being able to offer good care in a sustainable way requires prevention, relocation and replacement of care The urgency is great: from the point of view of quality of care as well as organizability, availability and affordability. POCT can contribute to these challenges with the use of key technologies: specifically digital-, engineering-, life science- and nanotechnologies. 

Implementation and integration of POCT in the (care and prevention) chain is central. This requires integration of different areas of expertise, development of new technologies, knowledge and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders. These aspects will be united in a learning community POCT. 

Translation of unobtrusively acquired data to actionable information is also an important part in preventative programs. In combination with serious gaming and design thinking expertise this can lead to novel and sustainably successful healthy living programs. 

Toonaangevende voorbeeld:

Leidende rol in optische beeldvorming

In de oncologische chirurgie is het van groot belang het aangetaste weefsel geheel te verwijderen, waarbij zoveel mogelijk gezond weefsel wordt gespaard. Het UMCG heeft een wereldwijd leidende rol in optische beeldvorming door het gebruik van specifieke fluorescent-gelabelde probes tijdens de chirurgie voor lastige klinische besluitvorming.

De onderzoeksgroep OMIG heeft meerdere onderzoekslijnen, waarbij veel expertises samenkomen. Te denken valt aan de chemische ontwikkeling van fluorescente tracers, de technische ontwikkeling van optica en de digitale ontwikkeling van software en analysetechnieken. Samenwerkingen met PRA Health Sciences, Li-COR, SurgVision/Bracco en Philips geven aan dat de industrie zich volop interesseert in de ontwikkeling op dit thema.