San Diego, CA, July 15, 2007— Lab Tests Online, the award-winning site on medical laboratory testing developed through a collaboration of more than a dozen laboratory associations, now reaches an average of one million visitors per month. The site, which has garnered praise from reviewers and users, is among the top ten most popular Patient Education sites, as ranked by Alexa, a web information company that measures Internet traffic.
With regular editorial contributions from 17 laboratory organizations, Lab Tests Online lives up to its tag line as “a public resource on clinical laboratory testing from the professionals who do the testing”. The site offers detailed information on a variety of blood and urine tests as well as genetic testing and tests for microbial infections. The information is reviewed by an editorial board comprised of representatives from each of the participating laboratory organizations, which reflect the full spectrum of expertise found in the lab. The board members combine their expert knowledge and hands-on experience to present sometimes complex information in an easy-to-understand format.
Since its launch in 2001, Lab Tests Online has won several awards for its content and writing, and most recently was recognized by Dorland’s Healthcare Information as a “Best Healthcare Website.” Lab Tests Online’s award-winning content, while targeted to patients and their families is also used by medical professionals as a quick-reference resource. Roughly 20%-25% of visitors to the site are medical professionals.
According to Glen Fine, Executive Vice-President for the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, Lab Tests Online “is one of the best and most successful collaborative efforts to ever come out of the laboratory community.” Mr. Fine, a 30-year veteran in the laboratory field, also praised AACC for taking the lead in organizing and producing the website. CLSI is one of the organizations collaborating on the site’s ongoing development.
Over the last few years, AACC has expanded the site’s professional collaboration, partnering with laboratory associations in seven countries – the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Italy, and Australia – to develop localized versions based on the content of the original US site. With four Lab Tests Online sites already launched, and three more expected by the end of the year, Lab Tests Online has established itself as a global standard for patient education. The sites are accessible by clicking on the corresponding national flag at the top of any page found on Lab Tests Online.
A complete list of Lab Tests Online partners can be found at www.labtestsonline.org/site/m_partners.html.