ARUP’s Decision Support Team spent more than a year redesigning Consult, a laboratory testing reference tool, making it easier to navigate and use regardless of the platform. This involved entering more than 280 topics and related content, including 4,000 references.
ARUP Consult, ARUP Laboratories’ award-winning online laboratory test selection tool, has undergone its first major redesign since its introduction nearly 10 years ago.
The new version of www.arupconsult.com, which launched January 25, features many improvements, including an updated look, improved navigation, and responsive design, which makes the site easy to use regardless of computing platform.
“The new ARUP Consult offers a more seamless user experience while maintaining all the great content—organized by nearly 290 topics—that clinicians and physicians have come to rely on for point-of-care diagnosis and test interpretation,” says Kelly Killian, ARUP Consult’s lead medical writer/editor.
Consult’s new look is more consistent with that of other ARUP sites. “The site is built on a new content-management system that gives us more flexibility to add new features and make continuous improvements,” adds Killian.
Most importantly, the site’s new responsive design means it’s just as easy to navigate topics and test-selection guidelines on a smart phone or tablet as it is on a desktop.
Clinicians and physicians may use any device and any web browser to review clinical background information on each ARUP Consult topic. The comprehensive site also offers diagnostic advice, screening and monitoring recommendations, pharmacogenetics information, test-ordering suggestions, and more than 65 algorithms to support clinical decision-making.
“The new ARUP Consult offers a more seamless user experience while maintaining all the great content—organized by nearly 290 topics—that clinicians and physicians have come to rely on for point-of-care diagnosis and test interpretation.”
ARUP Consult’s Lead Medical Writer/Editor
Medical experts at the University of Utah School of Medicine and ARUP coauthor and review all ARUP Consult content for accuracy and clinical relevance. Killian and other members of the site’s editorial team facilitate regular content reviews and work to ensure the site is updated frequently to reflect new guidelines and laboratory best practices.
In conjunction with the redesign, ARUP is phasing out the ARUP Consult iPhone app to encourage use of the new site across all computing platforms. The app is no longer available in the Apple store, and ARUP no longer updates or supports it.
Instead, users can take full advantage of the new site on a mobile device by following instructions on this Redesign FAQ page to create an icon so the site can be accessed as quickly as the app. Benefits include immediate updates as soon as new content is published and the ability to share information using social media.
Users also are able—and encouraged—to share feedback about the redesign or the site in general using a feedback button visible on every page of the new site.
“We’re eager to hear users’ input so we can continue to improve ARUP Consult,” says Killian.
More information about the redesign is available on the Redesign FAQ page. In addition to sharing input via the feedback button, users also may send questions, comments, or suggestions to email@example.com, or contact Killian (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Managing Editor Lisa Carricaburu (email@example.com) directly.
By Lisa Carricaburu, Managing Editor, Decision Support