Lab Testing with Quick Results (Point of Care Testing)

Why Yale Medicine?
  • Physicians and nurses are trained in a variety of point-of-care tests.
  • Point-of-care tests are available in for patients in hospitals and clinics.
  • Promising new developments in point-of-care testing include DNA-based flu tests.

The latest breakthroughs in medical technology are changing the way patients are diagnosed for many diseases. Tests that may have taken days to come back – sometimes resulting in a delay in treatment and multiple doctor visits – can now be performed instantly, using point-of-care tests. 

At Yale Medicine, a team of laboratory scientists is working with doctors, nurses and technicians to make sure that this type of testing follows the highest standards for our patients’ care. “Point-of-care testing is an area that is really exploding,” says Sheldon M. Campbell, MD, PhD, associate professor of laboratory medicine at Yale School of Medicine. “There are a lot of new tests being developed that are very promising.”

Point-of-care tests are medical tests that are performed right next to the patient, with immediate results, rather than being sent to a medical laboratory for evaluation and confirmation. This category includes tests that a consumer can buy in a drugstore and perform at home, such as a home pregnancy tests.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.