LOINC® (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) is a dataset that universally identifies clinical laboratory tests (standardization). LOINC® was initiated in 1994 by the Regenstrief Institute and developed by Regenstrief and the LOINC® committee as a response to the demand for electronic movement of clinical data from laboratories that produce the data to hospitals, physician's offices, and payers who use the data for clinical care and management purposes. The purpose of the LOINC® database is to facilitate the exchange and pooling of results for clinical care, outcomes management, and research.
The mapping process is an extremely cumbersome process that requires much familiarity with not only the LOINC® database, but the data elements/formats required to use it effectively as well as the individual test interpretations involved. Mapping each test dictionary can take several weeks to months if not familiar with process and requirements. It will require a multi-faceted approach within your facility utilizing significant resources from your lab techs, database engineers, programmers, medical director and lab director. Further, continual maintenance will be required as you modify your facility’s test dictionary, and/or Regenstrief updates it’s database.
United Laboratory Network is now offering the expertise, technology and processes to effectively/expeditiously assess your facility’s data (test dictionary & results feed) and assign a LOINC® code to each orderable and resultable test.