Testing.com, formerly Lab Tests Online, was launched in 2001 by AACC—a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to better health through laboratory medicine. At that time, medicine was becoming more complex, and consumers were taking a greater hand in health care decision-making. AACC saw Lab Tests Online as a forum for individuals to learn about lab tests and have better conversations with their physicians.
Over time, 20 associations joined AACC in developing and reviewing all content onsite, which includes articles on lab tests, patient resources, and lab test news. This commitment to credible and clear health information led to at least 24 awards between 2002 and 2020 for excellence in promoting patient education and health literacy.
Eventually, Lab Tests Online expanded to more than 14 country sites and over 12 languages. Partnering organizations localized content to the national language, policy, and practice of their respective countries. Lab Tests Online set a global standard for patient engagement, attracting more than 470 million lifetime visitors.
In January 2021, AACC’s Lab Tests Online (labtestsonline.org) was acquired by OneCare Media. With this, OneCare moves to continue the site’s impressive growth and further nurture patient advocacy by coordinating with and expanding on its already impressive digital portfolio. Rebranded as Testing.com, the site provides a unique resource for patients to help them access reliable testing options as well as information about tests.
OneCare will rely upon a Medical Review Board to ensure that Testing.com’s content continues to be science-based, accurate, and reflective of current data and findings.
Meet Our Team
Alexa Fry, Managing Editor
As managing editor, Alexa is committed to ensuring the quality of Testing.com’s evidence-based patient education resources. Alexa has a background in writing and editing, previously working in public health communications at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She holds a professional technical writing certificate from the University of Washington and a B.A. in psychology from Seattle University.
Ellen O’Connell, Associate Director
At OneCare Media, Ellen helps oversee the scientific content and program management of the educational health website Testing.com and strategizes on ways to promote the continued growth of this resource. Prior to joining OneCare, Ellen spent close to 20 years working on Testing.com’s predecessor site, LabTestsOnline.org for the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. She holds a Master’s degree in public health from Boston University and lives in Annapolis, Maryland.
Katie Schaeffer, Senior Editor
As Senior Editor, Katie helps plan and create timely, authoritative and clear content for Testing.com. Katie first got involved with patient education more than 14 years ago as an editor for an online publication dedicated to informing the public about lab testing. Initially trained as a lab professional, Katie holds a degree in microbiology from San Diego State University, and is a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist and a licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist.
Heidi Overmyer, Editor
As an editor at OneCare, Heidi is dedicated to creating health resources and content that serve a wide audience. She has a decade of experience as a public health educator, serving as a cancer information specialist and science writer for the National Cancer Institute. Heidi has a background studying Greek and Latin. She lives in Seattle and spends her time reading modern mythologies or hiking and paddling.
Christine Pydych, Staff Writer
Christine works on a team at the University of Washington School of Medicine that coordinates curriculum for students as they begin medical school. She has also worked in patient advocacy, providing medical information and resources to cancer patients. Christine has a Master of Arts degree in Health Education from Columbia University, New York City. In her spare time, she loves to teach Pilates and yoga.
Rob Newsom, Staff Writer
Rob is a skilled science writer with a decade of experience translating medical information for the public at the National Cancer Institute. Rob is also a mental health counselor and uses his person-centered and inclusive approach to inform his medical writing. Outside of work, Rob enjoys gardening, dancing, and cooking with his husband.
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Your Trusted Guide
This site is the result of a collaboration of professionals representing the laboratory community and other medical professions. Since its launch in 2001, Lab Tests Online has helped millions of users learn about their tests and discuss them more clearly with their health care providers. To ensure that the site is accepted as a trusted source for medical information, we adhere to the principles espoused by the Health on the Net Foundation, an international not-for-profit organization that seeks “to guide laypersons or non-medical users and medical practitioners to useful and reliable online medical and health information.”
Contents and Services
The Content & Services page describes what you can find on Testing.com and how it can benefit you. Testing.com has been designed as a resource where you can find up-to-date lab testing information vital to the understanding and management of your health or the health of your loved ones. The focus of Testing.com is clinical laboratory tests and the topics that relate to them. On this site, you will find the following:
Test descriptions: At the core of the site is a library of tests, that provide helpful background for understanding why a test might be ordered and what the results might mean. We also explain what kind of sample, or specimen, is required to perform the test, and we provide answers to some commonly asked questions.
News: Advances in technology have a tremendous impact on clinical lab testing. These developments, including clinical research study results and new home testing devices and kits also have a direct effect on you as a health care consumer.. To help you keep up, we aggregate the latest updates, summarizing from key news sources and supplementing with original work.
Patient Resources: In-depth articles developed exclusively for Testing.com give broader context to lab testing and what goes on behind the scenes in a laboratory. These pages answer questions such as:
- What is a reference range? And how does it affect you?
- How do you cope with anxiety over providing a bodily sample for testing?
- How much can you trust the home tests that are available?
Ask A Laboratory Scientist: At the end of most test descriptions, you have the opportunity to submit questions about lab tests and have them answered by clinical laboratory scientists. This service is provided via one of our partner organizations, ASCLS.
Search and Menus: On every page, you will find menus that will take you directly to many articles on the site. If you don’t find what you are looking for in these menus, we recommend that you use the site Search tool, also located at the top of every page, for a quick and thorough search of the site.
External information and services: Throughout the pages of the site, we include links to other websites where you can follow up to learn more about specific conditions and their treatments. We also provide links to web services provided by sites other than Testing.com. We strive to connect you to authoritative and trustworthy sites.
Send Us Your Feedback: Finally, we are very interested in how you are able to make use of Testing.com. Please take a moment to send us your comments. It is our goal to respond in the most timely and effective manner to constructive suggestions for improving the site and its content.