LOINC® from Regenstrief Institute published new health data standardization codes and an updated search app in its semiannual release.
This update features 1,340 new standard terms to describe test results, observations and other health information. LOINC, which stands for Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes, is a universal protocol that allows health records to be seamlessly exchanged between health systems, laboratories and public health entities around the world. LOINC has users from nearly every country.
This release added six updated language variants. There is now a total of 16 variants in distribution. The database now includes more than 96,200 codes.
In addition, LOINC users can now use the SearchLOINC application. Originally released in December 2020, the new SearchLOINC – now v.2 — is faster and has modern filtering capabilities and a refreshed user interface. Users can search for LOINC parts, groups and answer lists in addition to LOINC terms.
The twice-yearly release schedule is shifting to mid-February and mid-August. The first release on this new schedule will be in August 2021.
LOINC was created in 1994 at Regenstrief Institute in an effort to facilitate interoperability in healthcare. Today, the LOINC coding system contains more than 96,200 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 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.