LOINC® from Regenstrief Institute will host an educational webinar for the February 2023 2.74 release of new concepts, scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. EDT (14:00-15:30 UTC) on March 28, 2023 (2023-03-28).
The webinar is an opportunity for the LOINC team to introduce new concepts and explain the terminology. The LOINC community will have a chance to learn more about each release and ask questions. The August release discussion is included as part of the larger, in-person and online LOINC Conference in the fall.
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, 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.
Some new concepts from the 2.74 release were released in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of Public Health Laboratories.
With long-term funding support from U.S. federal agencies and other organizations, LOINC is available free of charge.
LOINC was 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.