WASHINGTON, DC, May 21, 2007 – Lab Tests Online-PL formally launched on Friday during a Warsaw conference on laboratory testing in the Polish healthcare system, held under the auspices of the Polish Minister of Health, Prof. Zbigniew Religa. The new site becomes the third translated version of Lab Tests Online to launch in the last three months. Sites in Spain and Germany launched in March and April, respectively.
The original Lab Tests Online offers comprehensive and easily understood patient information on laboratory testing, and it has been called one of the smartest health sites on the web. Adhering to the same non-commercial and peer-review policies that have made the U.S. Lab Tests Online a success with more than one million visitors a month, the Polish version provides the same detailed information on a broad range of common laboratory tests and associated conditions. New tests, conditions, and screening recommendations will be added on a regular basis.
Lab Tests Online was conceived by clinical laboratory professionals to help patients and their families better understand the many clinical lab tests that are part of routine medical care. Led by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), the award-winning content has been developed by a collaboration of 17 laboratory associations with funding from sponsoring companies in the diagnostics industry. The first European version of the site launched in the United Kingdom in 2004 under the guidance of the Association of Clinical Biochemistry, with support from that nation’s National Health Service.
The Polish Association of Laboratory Diagnostics (PTDL) developed the new site in cooperation with IPDDL, the national diagnostics trade association, and EDMA, the European Diagnostic Manufacturers Association. With the exception of Lab Tests Online-UK, EDMA has spearheaded the development of Lab Tests Online sites in Europe, providing a common technology platform and other support.
In the coming months, two more Lab Tests Online versions will launch in Italian and Hungarian. A third site, independent of the EDMA effort, will also launch in Australia.