The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global POC HbA1C testing market for 2017-2021. The market is segmented based on product (consumables and instruments) and geography (the Americas, EMEA, and APAC).
Numerous factors drive the global POC HbA1c testing market. The key driver in this market is unhealthy lifestyles of people, which increases the prevalence of diabetes and obesity. Lifestyle habits such as the high consumption of alcohol and smoking and health conditions such as hypertension and diabetes are some of the reasons for the growth of the market globally. Other key drivers of the market include easy patient accessibility to POC tests and faster availability of results than conventional laboratory testing procedures.
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Technavio healthcare and life science research analysts highlight the following three factors that are contributing to the growth of the global POC HbA1C testing market:
- Increasing equipment rental agreements
- Rise in diabetic prevalence
- High adoption rate of molecular POC testing
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Increasing equipment rental agreements
The rise of online marketing has helped end-users seeking for time-efficient tests in obtaining the requested products within a limited time. In 2015, about 70% of the US population used online shopping portals for purchasing various items.
Srinivas Sashidhar, a lead in-vitro diagnostic research analyst at Technavio, says, “Vendors are using promotional strategies such as online marketing to offer better accessibility of their products to end-users, which, in turn, will increase their product sales. Online marketing strategies also help the vendors in minimizing business setup, distribution, and operational costs. They help end-users by providing information about devices and their types.”
Rise in diabetic prevalence
The main point of focus for the providers of POC HbA1C testing as well as glucose meters has been to enable quick measurements. The focus is on improved optical sensitivity such as infrared spectroscopy to develop non-invasive POC testing meters. Hence, efforts are being emphasized on collaborating HbA1c testing with other tests such as for cholesterol.
“Combining HbA1c testing with urine analysis is also an effective solution for measuring microalbuminuria and nephropathy. Alere's Afinion is one such example. These expanded menus will provide a wider scope of test menus on a single platform along with efficient workflow for diagnostic laboratories,” adds Srinivas.
High adoption rate of molecular POC testing
The introduction of POC diagnostics has changed the way digital platforms work. The diabetic population uses the personal health records like EHRs to monitor their clinical conditions. This helps vendors to focus on developing mobile apps to use portable diagnostic devices remotely. Various non-profit organizations and governments are supporting the ongoing researches on digital healthcare platforms.
One of the concerns of POC diagnostics was that the results were not captured electronically. Therefore, they were less accessible and are not included in data analytics. Often the POC diagnosis data was available at the place of testing, but once the patient leaves the testing location, results become unavailable unless the devices are connected to the LIS and/or EHR.
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