Sunday, January 5, 2014

Call for Participation: a LOINC Order Code Initiative

The first Common LOINC Laboratory Order Codes project was developed for referenced the HITSP C80 Clinical Document and Messaging Terminology Construct and is also used in the current HL7 Version 2.5.1 Implementation Guide: S&I Framework Laboratory Orders from EHR, Release 1 in HL7 and developed in collaboration with the HHS S&I Framework Laboratory Orders Interface Working Group.

This project intends to improve that work. I'm thrilled to see that work going forward. I used many of the techniques pioneers by Clem McDonald recently to develop a similar set of order codes for the work that I'm doing in Saudi Arabia, where I'm headed again today.

-- Keith

Call for Participation: a LOINC Order Code
A new project has joined the S&I Framework community:
a1 LOINC Order Code
The use of non-standardized local codes or terminology to describe laboratory test orders varies widely among laboratories. Universal use of LOINC coding for laboratory order and result information in a structured and systematic fashion is an essential component of interoperability between providers, clinical laboratories and public health laboratories.

This project will focus on the enhancement and expansion of Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) Codes for commonly ordered clinical laboratory tests in the ambulatory care settings and for tests ordered in the public health settings. This goal is for Regenstrief Institute to publish up-to-date lists of clinical and public health Order Codes Value Sets that could be recommended for incorporation to support EHR Meaningful Use (MU) stage 3 certification requirements.

If you would like to volunteer to participate in the a LOINC Order Code project, please review the documentation on the S&I Framework wiki: 

Once you have read through the material regarding participation, levels of commitment, guidelines for participation and voting rights,  please sign up to participate in the a LOINC Code initiative by completing the registration form at:  by January 8, 2014, 5:00 pm EST.

a LOINC Order Code Project  – Building agreed upon, stakeholder, consensus-based Laboratory Order Code Value Sets for ambulatory and PH settings

1 a stands for agreed upon, based on a consensus approach, amongst various stakeholders


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