Transfusion Medicine and Cellular Therapy Association Latest to Join Lab Tests Online

December 21, 2005

AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) is the newest partner to join the professional collaboration behind Lab Tests Online, the award-winning patient education Web site for laboratory testing information.  AABB is the seventeenth professional laboratory organization to support the editorial development of the site.

Spearheaded by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), Lab Tests Online provides patients and their caregivers with easy-to-understand information about specific diagnostic tests and related topics such as reference ranges, screening, and genetic testing.  Regarded as one of smartest health sites on the Web, Lab Tests Online has earned a bookmark in many peoples browsers because of its broad professional involvement of the laboratory community.  The depth and diversity of expertise brought to the site, as well as its adherence to the guiding principles of the Health-on-the-Net Foundation and Consumer Reports WebWatch, have made it a valued and credible information resource for the healthcare consumer.  AACC is very pleased to have the participation of AABB and looks forward to working with members of this association.

Established in 1947, AABB is an international, not-for-profit association dedicated to the advancement of science and the practice of transfusion medicine and related biological therapies. The association is committed to improving health by developing and delivering standards, accreditation and educational programs and services that optimize patient and donor care and safety. AABB membership consists of approximately 1,800 institutions and 8,000 individuals, including physicians, scientists, administrators, medical technologists, nurses, researchers, blood donor recruiters and public relations personnel. Members are located in all 50 states and 80 foreign countries.

The addition of AABB is another highlight in a busy year for Lab Tests Online in which the number  three seems to have been a recurring theme.  AABB is one of three organizations to join the Lab Tests Online collaboration.  The site received three awards for the quality of its content and design.  And finally, AACC announced an agreement in the summer for the development of three new versions of the site to be translated into the native languages of Germany, Italy, and Spain.

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.  Lab Tests Online is an outgrowth of an earlier, print-based patient education effort by AACC called Hi5.  The Lab Tests Online Web site was launched in 2001, and currently averages more than 700,000 visitors per month.