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eJIFCC Volume 32 no 2 - 2021

In this issue: POCT – making the point
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1Introducing the eJIFCC special issue on “POCT – making the point"
Guest editor: Sergio Bernardini
2Controlling reliability, interoperability and security of mobile health solutions
Damien Gruson
3Best laboratory practices regarding POCT in different settings (hospital and outside the hospital)
Adil I. Khan
4POCT accreditation ISO 15189 and ISO 22870: making the point
Paloma Oliver, Pilar Fernandez-Calle, Antonio Buno
5Utilizing point-of-care testing to optimize patient care
James H. Nichols
6POCT: an inherently ideal tool in pediatric laboratory medicine
Siobhan Wilson, Mary Kathryn Bohn, Khosrow Adeli

Point of care testing of serum electrolytes and lactate in sick children
Aashima Dabas, Shipra Agrawal, Vernika Tyagi, Shikha Sharma, Vandana Rastogi, Urmila Jhamb, Pradeep K. Dabla

8Training and competency strategies for point-of-care testing
Sedef Yenice
9Leading POCT networks: operating POCT programs across multiple sites involving vast geographical areas and rural communities
Edward W. Randell, Vinita Thakur
10Connectivity strategies in managing a POCT service
Rajiv Erasmus, Sumedha Sahni, Rania El-Sharkawy
11POCT in developing countries
Prasenjit Mitra, Praveen Sharma
12How could POCT be a useful tool for migrant and refugee health?
Sergio Bernardini, Massimo Pieri, Marco Ciotti
13Direct to consumer laboratory testing (DTCT) – opportunities and concerns
Matthias Orth
14Clinical assessment of the DiaSorin LIAISON SARS-CoV-2 Ag chemiluminescence immunoassay
Gian Luca Salvagno, Gianluca Gianfilippi, Giacomo Fiorio, Laura Pighi, Simone De Nitto, Brandon M. Henry, Giuseppe Lippi
15Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic: emphasizing the emerging role and perspectives from artificial intelligence, mobile health, and digital laboratory medicine
Pradeep Kumar Dabla, Damien Gruson, Bernard Gouget, Sergio Bernardini, Evgenija Homsak
16Catering for the point-of-care testing explosion
Adil I. Khan, Mazeeya Khan, Rosy Tirimacco
17Predictive model of severity in SARS CoV-2 patients at hospital admission using blood-related parameters
Laura Criado Gómez, Santiago Villanueva Curto, Maria Belén Pérez Sebastian, Begoña Fernández Jiménez, Melisa Duque Duniol
18Clinicians’ Probability Calculator to convert pre-test to post-test probability of SARS-CoV-2 infection based on method validation from each laboratory
Zoe Brooks, Saswati Das, Tom Pliura
19Prevalence of aminotransferase macroenzymes in rheumatoid arthritis patients and impact on their management
Maja Šimac, Daniel Victor Šimac, Lidija Bilić-Zulle
20Malignant hyperthermia syndrome: a clinical case report
Isabel Sánchez-Molina Acosta, Guillermo Velasco de Cos, Matilde Toval Fernández


János Kappelmayer
Faculty of Medicine 
University of Debrecen
Debrecen, Hungary

Assistant Editor

Harjit Pal Bhattoa
Department of Laboratory Medicine University of Debrecen
Debrecen, Hungary

Editorial Board

Khosrow Adeli, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Canada

Edgard Delvin, CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Nilda E. Fink, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina

Ronda Greaves, Biochemical Genetics, Victorian Clinical Genetics Services, Victoria, Australia 

Mike Hallworth, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Andrea R. Horvath, Prince of Wales Hospital and School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Ellis Jacobs, EJ Clinical Consulting, LLC, USA

Allan S. Jaffe,  Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA

Bruce Jordan, Roche Diagnostics, Rotkreuz, Switzerland

Evelyn Koay, National University, Singapore

Tamas Kőszegi, University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary

Gábor L. Kovács, University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary

Gabriel Lima-Oliveira, University of Verona, Italy

Janja MarcUniversity of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Gary L. Myers,  Joint Committee for Traceability in Laboratory Medicine, USA

Tomris Ozben, Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey

Maria D. Pasic, Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, Canada

Maria del C. Pasquel Carrera, College of Chemists, Biochemists and Pharmacists, Pichincha, Ecuador

Oliver Racz, University of Kosice, Slovakia

Rosa Sierra Amor, Laboratorio Laquims, Veracruz, Mexico

Sanja Stankovic, Institute of Medical Biochemistry, Clinical Center of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia

Danyal Syed, Ryancenter, New York, USA

Grazyna Sypniewska, Collegium Medicum, NC University, Bydgoszcz, Poland

Peter Vervaart, LabMed Consulting, Australia

Stacy E. Walz, Arkansas State University, USA

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The eJIFCC welcomes case reports that illustrate new approaches to established clinical - diagnostic problems or describing a new clinically associated diagnostic problem. To be of value appropriate for publication, a case report must provide a significant learning point for other laboratory physicians and clinical chemists. Case reports should be provided with a summary not longer than 150 words, followed by a structured main text (INTRODUCTION, CLINICAL-DIAGNOSTIC CASE, DISCUSSION, TAKE HOME MESSAGES/LEARNING POINTS) not exeeding 1500 words. Case reports will also allow 2 tables and 2 figures, the maximum number of references is 15, 3-5 keywords are mandatory. Please provide disclosures & contribution of authors at the end of manuscript text.

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