Laboratory testing information for those who need it the most

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Laboratory testing information for those who need it the most: Lab Tests Online – Patient-centric, Non-commercial, Peer-reviewed Resource for Limited Resource Settings

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Elevator Pitch

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Lab Tests Online is an information resource created for patients and care givers to help understand laboratory tests. Available in 14 languages in 17 countries worldwide, including 12 websites in Europe, the content is also available as an app in three countries and in book form in China, where it is used to reach areas where access to technology may not be available. Importantly, the content is patient-centric and peer-reviewed.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

There are two problems Lab Tests Online is trying to solve:
 1) Laboratory tests play a vital role in healthcare but the patient is rarely given insight into why a particular test is important or what the results might mean. As patients are asked to take on more responsibility for their care, it is now essential that they understand their tests.
 2) At a time technological advances are literally putting the ability to self-administer tests in the palm of our hands, it is more important than ever that the patient understand the accuracy and reliability of the information provided, and the many ways in which a home test may be improperly managed and interpreted.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Keeping these problems in mind, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry created Lab Tests Online and, together with EDMA (which is the in vitro diagnostics industry association in Europe) and the scientific societies in the 17 countries, has translated and adapted Lab Tests Online to local policy and practice. The primary objective is to help patients and care givers understand laboratory testing in their native language. Importantly, the resource was created such that the information provided is patient-centric (in easy-to-understand language), is peer-reviewed (ensuring the content's accuracy and reliability) and non-commercial (eliminating commercial intent).
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Ana is an OB-GYN in Romania. Her next patient is Sylvia - a very nervous immigrant from Spain who is pregnant. After many attempts to explain prenatal testing to Sylvia, Ana is distraught that she cannot get through this very important information. Ana visits and clicks on Spain's flag, which takes her to the prenatal testing information in Spanish. Ana is thrilled and so is Sylvia who now knows exactly whats going on and that she is in good hands.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Currently, we are working with the World Health Organisation and the European Commission for their endorsement and support to roll-out the sites and the books in countries that need it the most.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

While a number of sites provide information on lab tests, none offer the kind of evidence-based information that has been filtered through the practical experience of laboratory professionals and approved by those same professionals - the people who actually do the testing.


A devoted team of lab enthusiasts combined with those who are convinced of the role of diagnostics in healthcare as well as supranational organisations who identify the public healthcare needs in various countries around the world are key. Corporations and the social-mission organisation's top management main goal is to ensure that the partnership or the co-creation scheme works and continues to remain a credible brand. The team at AACC plays a more strategic role where content planning, strategic oversight are key responsibilities. Corporate partners such as EDMA in conjunction with its national association members in 12 countries actively engage in ensuring that the project receives the exposure it deserves, The scientific societies ensure that the content remains accurate, reliable and is updated regularly.