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Gaps and Challenges of Point of Care Technology

: Biehl, M.; Velten, T.


IEEE Sensors Journal 8 (2008), No.5, pp.593-600
ISSN: 1530-437X
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IBMT ()

With point-of-care (POC) Technology being an important and forward-looking commercial application of microfluidic analysis systems, we have investigated the gaps and challenges of contemporary POC technology to offer an orientation for future research and development-not solely, but also in the field of sensor technology. Problems were identified considering different points of view, from the manufacturer, who is anxious to bring his product to market, and from the user, who has to struggle with discomfort and errors. Even if problems are mostly not technological in nature, some technological challenges further on remain.