One of the key challenges faced by patients and health providers in regional and remote areas of Australia is the turnaround time usually required to access test results that are often the key to the treatment and management of illnesses.   The My Health PoCiTT program aimed at improving access to testing and health outcomes, provides a point of care testing (PoCT) service to general practice across rural and remote SA, has been commissioned by Country SA PHN to be delivered for a further two years by iCCNet.

In preparation for PoCT becoming a part of everyday primary care, Country SA PHN commissioned and is proud to launch the ‘Point of Care Testing in General Practice: Business Case Report’ and supporting ‘Point of Care Testing Analysis Tool (PoCTAT)’ in conjunction with Brentnalls SA; the report can be downloaded from the Australian Point of Care Practitioners Network site at https://www.appn.net.au/financial-models.aspx.  

The Business Case Report has been developed primarily for general practice, including Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs), and is fundamental to enabling clear understanding and planning for the implementation of Point of Care Testing (PoCT) as part of the day to day business activities in improving the health outcomes of a growing patient cohort with chronic conditions.

The report is time significant due to its alignment with the recent Medical Services Advisory Committee advice on Application No. 1431.1 – HbA1c point of care test for the diagnosis and management of diabetes mellitus and the fight to better manage other chronic conditions and antibiotic prescribing.

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