LabMedica International — LMI July 2011
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Point-Of-Care HbA1c Analyzer Enhanced

A point-of-care (POC) immunoassay analyzer for diabetes management provides enhanced operator management and connectivity capabilities to meet the growing demands in POC testing for improved compliance management and data capture into patient records.

The DCA Vantage Analyzer ensures that all analyzers are running the same quality control regimen required by their institution and that only authorized operators are running the devices according to their specified access level.

The operator management capability has been expanded to support up to 1,000 operators, each with their unique access level as defined by their supervisor. Another enhancement to the analyzer is the ability to display, print, and transmit the HbA1c reference ranges with the patient results, aiding in improved results interpretation.

POC managers are demanding better connectivity between their POC analyzers and the associated healthcare organization so that test results can be automatically transmitted to the laboratory and hospital information systems, and eventually to the patient's electronic medical record.

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics (Erlangen, Germany; www.medical. launched the DCA Vantage Analyzer with Version 3.0 software. It has the capacity to manage a larger number of operators while providing the required security access modes to prevent unauthorized use. In addition, the analyzer is one of the first hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) POC analyzers in the industry to include the POCT1-A2 communication protocol. Use of this standard interface simplifies the connection to POC data management systems, enabling results to be automatically transmitted to the patient electronic medical record.

"We are focused on providing our customers with a trusted, clinically proven, point-of-care analyzer to better manage diabetes patients at the time of visit," said Dr. David Stein, CEO, POC business unit, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics."At the same time, we are continually looking at ways to enhance our products to meet the changing needs of our customers. These newly added features are important to point-of-care managers who are responsible for tests conducted at remote sites with multiple operators and devices in order to drive testing compliance."