South Korea Joins Global Lab Tests Online Network

July 3, 2012

The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) is pleased to announce the launch of Lab Tests Online-KR, the South Korean version of the award-winning patient education website, Lab Tests Online. Lab Tests Online is a global network of websites that offers patients easy-to-understand information about medical lab testing, now localized in 16 countries and 13 languages.

The new website has been developed in partnership with the Korean Society for Laboratory Medicine (KSLM). Over the last year, a team of KSLM editors has translated the content found on the US version of Lab Tests Online and adapted it to Korean policy and practice.

“Lab Test Online welcomes KSLM to the international community of laboratory professionals who are committed to helping patients understand this vital aspect of medicine,” said D. Robert Dufour, MD, Executive Editor of Lab Tests Online. “With the addition of South Korea, Lab Tests Online will continue to improve health literacy and patient outcomes around the world.”

“The Korean Society for Laboratory Medicine is pleased to join the worldwide network of Lab Tests Online sites,” said Yeo-Min Yun, MD, Director of Public Relations and Publications of KSLM. “The patients as well as the doctors and laboratory scientists of Korea will all benefit from this new partnership.”

Originally developed and launched in 2001 by AACC in collaboration with other laboratory associations in the US and Canada, Lab Tests Online also has sites active in the native language of almost one-third of the world’s population. Countries where Lab Tests Online has been localized include the US, China, Brazil, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey, UK, and Australia.

Last year, 30 million patients, caregivers and laboratory professionals visited a Lab Tests Online website for free information on hundreds of tests, screening recommendations, and conditions. Based in Washington, DC, Lab Tests Online is considered a global standard for patient education.

The Korean Society for Laboratory Medicine (KSLM) was founded in 1980 to meet the needs of clinicians in South Korea and to contribute to advancement in laboratory medicine. It provides leadership in clinical laboratory medicine through a range of activities including conferences, meetings, and its journal on laboratory medicine, the Korean Laboratory Accreditation Program, proficiency testing, and international collaborations.