LOINC® at Regenstrief Institute, a global standard for health terminology, is hosting its semi-annual conference March 9-12, 2021. Micky Tripathi, PhD, the national coordinator for health information technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will deliver the keynote address during the 4-day virtual event.
LOINC, which stands for Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes, is a standard for identifying health measurements, observations, and documents. Created and maintained at Regenstrief Institute, LOINC enables the identification, exchange and collection of data across health systems and is used around the world. The current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the value of this standard and its impact on data interoperability.
Dr. Tripathi will present the opening lecture of the LOINC conference on March 9. He leads the formulation of federal health IT strategy and coordinates federal policies, standards, programs and investments. He has more than 20 years of experience in health IT.
The LOINC conference will feature 19 informative presentations by members of the LOINC team and the user community. The sessions will help people implement LOINC into their systems and further enable healthcare interoperability. LOINC is also hosting its Laboratory Committee Meeting and Clinical Committee Meeting, as well as its combined committee meeting during the conference.
With long-term funding support from U.S. federal agencies and other organizations, LOINC is available free of charge.
LOINCwas created in 1994 at Regenstrief Institute to facilitate interoperability in healthcare. There was a growing trend to send clinical data electronically between healthcare entities, a practice that has now become ubiquitous. Today, it contains almost 95,000 terms for everything from a serum alpha 1 antitrypsin level to a zygomatic arch x-ray report. For each concept, LOINC contains many other rich details, such as synonyms, units of measure, and carefully crafted descriptions.
About Regenstrief Institute
Founded in 1969 in Indianapolis, the Regenstrief Institute is a local, national and global leader dedicated to a world where better information empowers people to end disease and realize true health. A key research partner to Indiana University, Regenstrief and its research scientists are responsible for a growing number of major healthcare innovations and studies. Examples range from the development of global health information technology standards that enable the use and interoperability of electronic health records to improving patient-physician communications, to creating models of care that inform practice and improve the lives of patients around the globe.
Sam Regenstrief, a nationally successful entrepreneur from Connersville, Indiana, founded the institute with the goal of making healthcare more efficient and accessible for everyone. His vision continues to guide the institute’s research mission.