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.

What is Point of Care Technology?

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 Point-of-Care Tests for Sexually Transmitted Diseases

The mission of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Point-of-Care Tests for Sexually Transmitted Diseases

is to create and test unique methods for the diagnosis of sexually transmitted diseases, including the home delivery of over-the-counter (OTC) tests to end-users via the Internet.  Additionally, the Center will develop novel approaches for measuring acceptability and accuracy of point-of-care and OTC-type assays in primary care settings with comparisons between trained and untrained users.

POC Affiliated Faculty:

Charlotte A. Gaydos, DrPH, MPH is the Director
Oliver Laeyendecker, MS, MBA, PhD
Yukari Manabe, MD
William Osburn, MS, PhD
Thomas Quinn, MD
Anne Rompalo, MD
Jonathan Zenilman, MD

Center for Clinical Global Health Education

The Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE) develops and assesses technologies that show promise for delivering fast and affordable patient care wherever it is needed. CCGHE faculty invented the emocha mobile health platform, now a licensed technology, that employs secure, video-based Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) to connect tuberculosis patients with health departments and care providers to ensure treatment adherence. CCGHE faculty also developed HIV ASSIST, which is a decision support tool for HIV care providers.

POC Affiliated Faculty:

Robert Bollinger, Jr., MD, MPH
Yukari Manabe, MD
Stuart Ray, MD
Matt Robinson, MD
Maunank Shah, MD

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, under the direction of Kieren Marr, MD, is dedicated to translational research on various aspects of fungal diseases.

POC Affiliated Faculty:

Kieren Marr, MD