We utilised proprietary software and e-messaging technology to integrate POC testing into Aboriginal primary health services, and interface with end-user databases including clinical management systems. Test result messages were tailored to meet end-user needs and system requirements. We analysed program data to assess POC test numbers and time to receipt of patient results over time.
From January 2016 to April 2020, we operationalised the system in 31 health services across 4 jurisdictions integrating with 5 different patient management systems supporting delivery of 41,760 STI test results. In 2019, the median transmission time was 3.2 (IQR 2.2-4.6) hours, including test runtime (1-1.5 hrs). From May 2020 to August 2022, we optimised the system for rapid scale up of COVID-19 (105 services; 6 jurisdictions; 71,823 tests) and additional STI POC testing (19,175 tests). Expanded functionality included electronic mandatory results notifications to jurisdictional departments of health and more timely result delivery (2022: median transmission time 2.3 [IQR 1.4-3.1] hours).
This novel connectivity system has proven to be secure, practical and scalable. It represents the first such system in Australia, established independent of traditional pathology providers, supporting a highly decentralised infectious diseases POC testing across a network of geographically dispersed primary health services. The optimised system delivering real-time results has proven critical for clinical, public health and program needs. Its design is suitable for onboarding of other POC tests and testing platforms in the future.
|Number of pages
|Published - 14 Mar 2023
|Australasian Conference on Point of Care Testing for Infectious Diseases - Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 14 Mar 2023 → 15 Mar 2023
Conference number: 1st
https://www.kirby.unsw.edu.au/events/poc23-1st-australasian-conference-point-care-testing-infectious-disease (Conference link)
|Australasian Conference on Point of Care Testing for Infectious Diseases
|14/03/23 → 15/03/23
|To accelerate access to new point-of-care technology, we need research in all these areas to provide the most effective implementation pathways. To respond to this evolving challenge, ASHM and the RAPID Point of Care Research Consortium for infectious disease in the Asia Pacific made the decision to run this two-day conference.
The conference will collaborate with leading scientists, clinicians, and other stakeholders to develop a program on the ever-evolving landscape of point-of-care testing for infectious diseases and provide time to discuss challenges and solutions to scaling up point-of-care testing in this setting.
Bibliographical notePresentation by Amit Saha, Session G. 4:30 - 4:45 pm Tuesday, March 14, 2023.
- sexually transmitted infection
- Point of care testing