Logical Observation Identifier Names and Codes (LOINC) database: A public use set of codes and names for electronic reporting of clinical laboratory test results

Arden W. Forrey, Clement J. Mcdonald, Georges Demoor, Stanley M. Huff, Dennis Leavelle, Diane Leland, Tom Fiers, Linda Charles, Brian Griffin, Frank Stalling, Ann Tullis, Kathy Hutchins, John Baenziger

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Abstract

Many laboratories use electronic message standards to transmit results to their clients. If all laboratories used the same 'universal' set of test identifiers, electronic transmission of results would be greatly simplified. The Logical Observation Identifier Names and Codes (LOINC) database aims to be such a code system, covering at least 98% of the average laboratory's tests. The LOINC database should be of interest to hospitals, clinical laboratories, doctors' offices, state health departments, governmental healthcare providers, third-party payors, organizations involved in clinical trials, and quality assurance and utilization reviewers. The fifth release of the LOINC database, containing codes, names, and synonyms for ~6300 test observations, is now available on the Internet for public use. Here we describe the LOINC database, the methods used to produce it, and how it may be obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-90
Number of pages10
JournalClinical chemistry
Volume42
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2 1996

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Keywords

  • abstracting and indexing
  • clinical laboratory information systems
  • hospital information systems
  • medical informatics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry

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Forrey, A. W., Mcdonald, C. J., Demoor, G., Huff, S. M., Leavelle, D., Leland, D., Fiers, T., Charles, L., Griffin, B., Stalling, F., Tullis, A., Hutchins, K., & Baenziger, J. (1996). Logical Observation Identifier Names and Codes (LOINC) database: A public use set of codes and names for electronic reporting of clinical laboratory test results. Clinical chemistry, 42(1), 81-90.