LOINC®, an international health data standard maintained at Regenstrief Institute, is hosting a special public meeting to address the coronavirus pandemic. More than 600 people from around the world are signed up to attend the virtual event on March 26 related to LOINC coding for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, LOINC has created dozens of codes to help health workers track the virus. The data generated by these standardized terms is already providing a more complete picture of the outbreak to inform public health and government decisions. The digital meeting will cover nomenclature, communications and term processing, and answer any questions related to use of the codes.
The LOINC (Logical Observations Identifiers Names and Codes) terminology system is a series of universal codes used to identify health observations and enable collection, exchange and use of medical data. Because each health system and clinic has its own method for categorizing health observations, such as lab tests, it can be difficult to share that information. LOINC enables the exchange and collection of important data like COVID-19 test results, providing important insight for public health leaders.
LOINC is available for free and used by people from 177 countries.
Regenstrief Institute, located in Indianapolis, is an international leader in medical research and innovation in myriad areas, including aging, health services and biomedical informatics.