College of American Pathologists
 Point of Care Testing Toolkit


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Point of Care Testing Toolkit

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  • Introduction & Definitions
  • Advantages & Disadvantages
  • History
  • Current & Projected Technology
  • References
  • Tools
  • Toolkit Authors
  • Pathologist Roles
  • Pathologist as Laboratory Director
  • Pathologist as Clinical Consultant
  • Pathologist’s Regulatory Role
  • Pathologist as Technical Consultant
  • Give us your feedback on this sectionPathologist Roles in POCT

    A pathologist is, first and foremost, a physician and in that role he/she is a member of the patient care team. The pathologist’s role is frequently demonstrated by providing direct consultations, either by evaluating tissue specimens or by interpreting laboratory results. As a caregiver, the pathologist ensures accurate and timely services on behalf of patients and providers. As defined by CLIA88 in the US, the pathologist can serve many roles, including Laboratory Director, Clinical Consultant, and Technical Consultant. In this section of the Tool Kit, we will expand upon those three roles, as they relate to POCT. Because the responsibilities of Laboratory Director, Clinical Consultant and Technical Consultant often overlap, these sections have redundant information. This is because the same process may require a different perspective from the director, depending on whether he/she is acting in an administrative, consultative, or technical role. The section encompassing the Technical Consultant role includes much of the operational detail for all these roles. That operational detail varies according to the CLIA88 complexity level of testing.