Point of Care Technology

What is Point of Care Technology?

The rise of Point of Care (POC) technology further enhances the clinical interaction between clinician and patient by assisting with clinical decision and diagnostic support.

POC technology may refer to devices or services that are used to:

  • Provide clinical decision support
  • Provide rapid or real-time laboratory results
  • Enhance clinician education
  • Support patient treatment adherence

For a POC tool to be useful, it must have these qualities:

  • Accurate results or information
  • Safety
  • Low cost, if a diagnostic assay
  • Easy to use format
  • Readily available
  • Easily assessable or transportable
  • Some may have potential for at-home use


The following Johns Hopkins University Centers of Excellence undertake basic and clinical research in the field of Point of Care Technology.

Johns Hopkins POC-IT Center

The Johns Hopkins POC-IT Center develops evidence-based clinical decision support tools, bringing trusted information to the clinician at the point of care.  POC-IT (point of care — information technology) Guides—available on the web, mobile devices and in print—are designed for real-time use at the bedside or in the exam room in both primary and specialty care clinical settings.

Infectious Disease related guides developed and maintained by the Johns Hopkins POC-IT Center:

Johns Hopkins Antibiotics Guide

Johns Hopkins HIV Guide

Paul G. Auwaerter, MD, MBA is the Executive Director

Center for Innovative Diagnostics for Infectious Diseases

The mission of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Innovative Diagnostics for Infectious Diseases is to promote the development of accessible infectious disease diagnostics through multidisciplinary innovation along the development pipeline from research to impact in different global settings.

Johns Hopkins Center for Tuberculosis Research

The Johns Hopkins Center for Tuberculosis Research contributes to global tuberculosis (TB) control through innovative research and training.

POC Affiliated Faculty:

Petros C. Karakousis, MD

Maunank Shah, MD

Mycology Translational Research Laboratory

The Mycology Translational Research Laboratory, is dedicated to translational research on various aspects of fungal diseases.