Authors' institutional affiliations: Consultant and Quality Manager Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre, Madurai. Tamilnadu
The point-of-care testing (POCT) has evolved as an important part of laboratory medicine by virtue of its compactness, portability, and the feasibility of operation by non-laboratory personnel, where fast and accurate testing methods are a primary concern and, as a result, improving the patient care. To successfully achieve POCT quality in networks, a multidisciplinary organizational approach is required. A clearly defined organizational structure should be put in place for proper functioning and optimum utilization of each POCT unit. POCT unit must include designated authority, responsibility, and accountability.