February 2010 Clinical Laboratory News: AACC Expands Global Patient Education Network

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February 2010: Volume 36, Number 2

AACC Expands Global Patient Education Network
Lab Tests Online Now Available in China and France

AACC recently launched two new versions of its award-winning website, Lab Tests Online, providing people in China and France with access to free, non-commercial, peer-reviewed information on laboratory testing in their native languages. The Chinese version of the site is the first in Asia, while the French Lab Tests Online is the ninth to go live in Europe.

AACC president Barbara Goldsmith, PhD, attended the formal ceremonies in Beijing on November 6 to mark the launch of Lab Tests Online-CN. “It is truly humbling to celebrate the fruits of our first collaboration with the Chinese Society of Laboratory Medicine, an organization that is half a planet removed from us, and to recognize again that Lab Tests Online has indeed become a global standard for patient education,” she said.

Chinese lab society celebrates the launch of AACC’s Lab Tests Online.
Pictured from left to right: Dr. Baishen Pan, vice president of the Chinese Society of Laboratory Medicine; AACC member Dr. Pauline Lau, who facilitated negotiations between AACC and CSLM; George Linzer, Lab Tests Online executive producer; Dr. Barbara Goldsmith, AACC president; Dr. Hong Shang, president, CSLM; and Dr. Zhenhua Yang, past president of CSLM. The Chinese version of the website is the first to become available in an Asian country.

The French Society of Clinical Biochemistry celebrated the launch of Lab Tests Online-FR on the same day. D. Robert Dufour, MD, executive editor of Lab Tests Online attended the event in Paris. “Information, and especially medical information, is much easier to understand if it is presented in one’s native language,” said Dufour. “Starting today, Lab Tests Online will be available to more than one-third of the world’s population in their everyday language.”

The ten Lab Tests Online sites that were live prior to the addition of these two new sites average about 2 million visitors each month. The U.S. version of Lab Tests Online has won numerous awards, and has been called “one of the smartest health sites on the web” by a leading consumer health magazine.

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