Point-of-care testing

One area that is considered having great potential to increase access to care and make the patient more engaged in their care is point-of-care testing in various forms. For many years the County Council has offered a technological solution that permits patients the possibility to measure, for example blood pressure, coagulation (INR), glucose, haemoglobin and weight either unattended or with limited support from staff or relatives. This service has been available in a few municipalities and so far been used only to a limited extent.

This text has been originally released in the following report: Telemedicine Survey in the County Council of Västerbotten -An analysis of the present situation, conditions and areas of improvement.

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A number of primary care facilities in the county provide patients with equipment to measure blood pressure and coagulation unsupervised, or with limited support from the staff. Traditional monitoring of anticoagulant therapy is based on venous blood sampling, which is time consuming for both patient and staff. The alternative of…
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