Lab Tests Online Launches in Romania
November 1, 2012
BUCHAREST – Today the European Diagnostic Manufacturers Association (EDMA) and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) welcome Lab Tests Online-RO, the Romanian version of the award-winning website, to the global network of Lab Tests Online sites. Lab Tests Online empowers patients by providing information on the many clinical lab tests that are part of routine care as well as diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of conditions and diseases. The new website is locally coordinated by AFPM, a national association of medical products suppliers, and the Romanian Society of Laboratory Medicine (RSLM). The involvement of both organisations follows a model successfully applied in nine other EU countries, and ensures that the medical test information provided comes from the professionals who do the testing.
Lab Tests Online was initially developed by AACC in the United States and has since grown to become a global initiative with presence in Europe, Brazil, China and Australia. EDMA coordinates the project for its continental Europe participants – including the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain, all of whom co-operate and support the mission of providing a peer-reviewed, patient-centered and non-commercial service to individuals, medical professionals and relevant stakeholders.
The clear and easy to understand information that is provided to citizens and physicians alike on Lab Tests Online is an important tool for the education of the public and the optimisation of healthcare to suit patient’s needs. “Lab Tests Online-Romania is another step toward improved patient literacy throughout Europe and the world,” commented Serge Bernasconi, EDMA CEO, on the launch.
Thanks to Lab Tests Online’s commitment to providing quality information on diagnostic tests, it has been recognised by the Health on the Net Certification (HONcode) and linked to the European Commission’s Health-EU Portal.
“The launch of Lab Tests Online-RO is further evidence that Lab Tests Online is a global leader in patient education,” said D. Robert Dufour, MD, executive editor for the global network of sites. “Just as lab testing plays a significant role in medical decision-making, so too does Lab Tests Online have an important role in improving health outcomes.”