Education & events / 20 Mar 2017

Poctions 2016: Today’s Action for Tomorrow’s Patients

POCTions Seminar 2016

Together with the Singapore Association for the Medical Laboratory Sciences, Transmedic organised POCTions – a conflation of the terms POCT and “solutions” – on 15 October 2016, named as such because experienced speakers are invited to share their solutions and experiences for challenges arising from Point of Care. Over 100 lab technicians and clinicians from Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam spent a full Saturday with us at this inaugural event.

Mr. Geoffrey Herd, Point of Care Testing Coordinator at Northland District Health Board, New Zealand, talked to us about how POCT is governed in New Zealand. It was an informative session as New Zealand already has developed POCT regulations and standards, and Mr. Herd gave tips on how hospitals should select their POC devices, and perform quality assurance and control.

We also had Mr. Wayne Fok from Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore, to share about the importance of IT connectivity for POC devices, in particular the i-STAT system which he has been working with for years and is a choice instrument for many healthcare professionals in Southeast Asia. He was able to shed some light on a topic that was otherwise difficult to understand.

Finally, Dr. Leslie Lam, the head of Laboratory Medicine in Jurong Health and a Senior consultant at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Jurong Medical Centre, Singapore, gave an engaging speech on how to manage a successful POCT programme.

Despite having to give up their Saturday, many participants expressed that POCTions 2016 provided them with much food for thought for their efforts to develop new POCT governing systems in their respective hospitals. Encouraged by this Transmedic will continue to organise the POCTions Seminar annually, to bring together POCT stakeholders in the region with the goal of encouraging collaboration and the exchange and dissemination of information.

Published on 20 Mar 2017

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