Lab Tests Online Update
Contributed by George Linzer
2009 was a very exciting year for Lab Tests Online (LTO), as they modernized the design and functionality of the site in July and increased their traffic to more than 1.5 million visitors each month. LTO also added the following test descriptions to the site: Heavy metals; Chicken Pox and Shingles tests; Blood ketones; Trace minerals; Emergency/Overdose drug testing; LpPLA2; VLDL; Antibody identification; JAK2; Parvovirus B19; Beta-2 microglobulin; Measles and Mumps; VMA; DCP; 17 Hydroxyprogresterone; Procalcitonin; and Mycoplasma.
LTO recently completed setting their editorial priorities for 2010, and expect to develop at least 15 new test descriptions and add five new condition descriptions.
At the global level, LTO has had a very busy past couple of months. On November 6, 2009, LTO launched translated versions of Lab Tests Online in China and France in collaboration with partnering professional societies in those countries. With the launch of the Chinese and French versions, it means LTO is now available to about one third of the world's population in its native language. They ended the year with announcements that societies in Brazil and Romania would be developing native versions of the site, and with the promise of new sites to be launched this year in Portugal and Turkey. The total number of LTO sites that are live or in development is now 16. All of this is driven by the outstanding, award-winning content developed by AACC and its 17 collaborating associations, as represented on their editorial review board. LTO is especially grateful for these board members, and for the efforts of their organizations in promoting the site to their members.
Editorial note: NACB is a sponsor of Lab Tests Online (http://labtestsonline.org/
). NACB Fellows Dr. James Nichols, Dr. Roberta G. Reed, and Dr. Carmen Wiley are members of the Editorial Board for LTO and Dr. Robert Dufour is the executive editor. Click here to learn more about Dr. Dufour’s role as the first executive editor: