Public Health Labs Join Lab Tests Online

October 13, 2005

The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is the latest medical laboratory organization to join Lab Tests Online, the patient education web site for laboratory testing information. With monthly traffic averaging more than 600,000 visitors, Lab Tests Online is the laboratory communitys most visible contribution to personal health management. Sixteen laboratory organizations now support the site.

Mitch Scott, Ph.D., president of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), which produces the site, enthusiastically welcomed APHL to the expanding partnership. APHL brings an important perspective to Lab Tests Online that will only strengthen the quality of our content.

APHL represents public health laboratories, reference institutions that are responsible for detection, identification and control of diseases and other public health threats. The association works closely with member labs from across the country to link them with federal agencies, clinical laboratories, public health organizations and partners within their jurisdiction.

In supporting Lab Tests Online, APHL will appoint a member representative to the sites Editorial Review Board, which is responsible for the sites award winning content. The Board meets regularly to review new material and to evaluate the sites editorial priorities and existing pages to determine whether updates are warranted. While board members offer varied expertise, they share a common passion for patient communication.

AACC is an international scientific/medical society of clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists and other individuals involved with clinical chemistry and other clinical laboratory science-related disciplines. The Lab Tests Online web site launched in 2001, and has won awards for content and writing and its service to the public. A British version of the site was launched last year in the United Kingdom, and new versions are currently being developed in Spanish, Italian, and German.