JCAHO Joins Lab Community Supporting Lab Tests Online

June 6, 2005

June 6, 2005 The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) announced today that the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has joined Lab Tests Online, AACCs award-winning patient education web site.   The Joint Commission becomes the 16th organization to contribute its laboratory expertise to the editorial development of Lab Tests Online.

Launched in 2001, Lab Tests Online provides patients and families with up-to-date descriptions of more than 200 laboratory tests, and serves more than 1 million visitors per year.  A companion site is offered in the United Kingdom.

Each LTO partner organization is represented on the Editorial Review Board (ERB), which reviews all material posted. Margaret Peck, MS, MT(ASCP), Director of the Joint Commissions Laboratory Accreditation Program is its newest member.

Ms. Peck believes that the partnership between the Joint Commission and LTO will greatly benefit consumers.  People want to know so much more today about the details of their healthcare.  They have to, really, in order to help their doctors get a good picture of their complete medical situation.  Lab Tests Online fills in a vital part of this picture. Accreditation fills another important role as it helps provide the framework for the lab to achieve safe, high quality lab results that physicians and consumers depend on. 

D. Robert Dufour, MD, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, VA Medical Center, and an LTO ERB member since its formation, concurs, The Joint Commission will bring an important new perspective to the editorial content on the site, he said.  The diversity of expertise and viewpoints has been our strength over the years. 

AACC is an international scientific/medical society of clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists and other individuals involved with clinical laboratory science-related disciplines. AACC provides national and worldwide leadership in advancing the practice and profession of clinical laboratory medicine and its role in improving health care. AACC members develop and perform tests conducted in hospital laboratories, clinics, medical centers, and other health care settings.

The Joint Commission was established as an independent not-for-profit in 1951, and is responsible for evaluating the quality and safety of care for more than 15,000 health care organizations.