Global Challenges for Point-of-Care Technologies at Emergency Care Systems in Countries with Different Income Levels

Brahmbhatt, Parth ;   Camorlinga, Sergio ;   Camorlinga, Paola

This study describes the current state of Emergency Care Systems (ECS) in 12 different countries that are classified in four different income groups by the World Health Organization (WHO). A variety of sources have been studied about the status of healthcare, access to ECS, delivery of ECS and level of training and research in those countries. The study looks at common patterns and characteristics in countries of the same income group. These patterns can be taken as a reference to understand global challenges for the implementation of Point-of-Care (PoC) technologies in these settings. The study takes the ECS from high-income countries as the gold-standard reference for lower income countries.