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March 2, 2020

LOINC hosts first combined conference in the United States

LOINC 2020 Indy Meeting

Update: LOINC workshops canceled

Due to concerns about the coronavirus, LOINC has decided to cancel the in-person workshop portion of its upcoming conference. The committee meetings will be held virtually. For more information click here.

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LOINC® users from around the globe will gather in Indianapolis for three days of learning, collaboration and networking during the organization’s biannual conference. For the first time in the United States, the event will include both the Laboratory LOINC Committee meeting and the Clinical LOINC Committee meeting, as well as a full day of hands-on presentations to help attendees implement LOINC.

LOINC (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) is a universal medical coding system used to identify health measurements, observations and documents. The system enables the collection and exchange of data across health systems. It is available at no cost and has more than 90,000 registered users from 177 countries.

The conference is being hosted March 24-26 at Regenstrief Institute. During the first day, the Laboratory Committee will convene to discuss key issues for development and implementations of LOINC.

The second day will serve LOINC users of all experience levels with a wide range of workshops covering topics from LOINC 101 to Mapping without a Laboratory Information System. Each session is led by members of LOINC’s team of experts and community leaders.

John Kansky, president and chief executive officer of the Indiana Health Information Exchange, will deliver the Clem McDonald Keynote Lecture on his experience with the Indiana Network for Patient Care and how terminology mapping plays a key role in improving care.

The Clinical LOINC Committee meeting will take place on the third day. In this gathering, users in the clinical realm will discuss development and implementation topics.

About LOINC®

LOINC was created in 1994 at Regenstrief Institute in an effort to facilitate interoperability in healthcare. There was a growing trend to send clinical data electronically between healthcare entities, a practice that is integral today. Today, the LOINC coding system contains more than 92,000 terms for everything from a serum alpha 1 antitrypsin level to a zygomatic arch x-ray report. For each concept, LOINC covers 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 researchers 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.

Regenstrief Institute is celebrating 50 years of healthcare innovation. Sam Regenstrief, a 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.

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