SOURCE: Kalorama Information

Kalorama Information

November 09, 2010 15:01 ET

Two Billion-Dollar Physician Office Lab Market: Kalorama Information

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 9, 2010) -  Diagnostic companies earned over two billion dollars in revenue selling to physician offices that conduct testing on premises last year, according to healthcare market research publisher Kalorama Information in a new report on this diagnostic market segment, "Physician Office Laboratory (POL) Testing Markets Worldwide: Status Quo and Future Trends." The firm last studied physician office labs, or POLs, three years ago and estimated a 1.8 billion dollar market then; since that time they report modest growth and an expansion of these labs. 

"While the physician office market has not grown at the double digit rates predicted in the 1990's, we have seen steady growth," said Shara Rosen, lead diagnostics analyst for Kalorama Information and author of the report. "Major IVD companies have begun tailoring their chemistry, hematology and immunoassay systems for the physician office."

Kalorama Information is a leading diagnostic market research provider, and its analysis covers products sold to physician office labs by major IVD manufacturers, including devices and reagents, as opposed to what labs charge or earn from testing. Kalorama Information defines a physician office lab as anything from small physician practices performing a few rapid tests to large practices of some 200 physicians that operate labs similar to small hospital laboratories. While broad, the definition captures much of the testing that occurs at the point of care, where results can be relevant to clinical decisions. 

"Properly managed, it contributes to better patient outcomes through faster test turnaround and more efficient delivery of health care," said Rosen.

Dipstick urinalysis, and glucose and pregnancy tests are the type of nearly error-free tests that are most conducted in physician offices, though a few can conduct more complex tests. The field is competitive with nearly 100 companies manufacturing products for the POL market, according to the report.

More information on this market is available in Kalorama Information's "Physician Office Laboratory (POL) Testing Markets Worldwide: Status Quo and Future Trends," which looks into the technologies and trends in POL testing with a special focus on the economics of test use in on-site patient care. The report can be found at:

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