LOINC®The Cornerstone for Interoperability

The cornerstone of interoperability is the use of standardized data structure and coding schemes. Since clinical laboratory data comprise the bulk of an individual’s medical record and are essential for healthcare decision making, one would expect it to be prominently featured in all interoperability discussions. In the realm of clinical laboratory data exchange, specifically for lab results, two standards come to mind immediately:


  1. The Laboratory Reporting Initiative (LRI) as a structure standard
  2. LOINC® as a coding standard. 


While both are mentioned in MU regulations and the accompanying Office of National Coordinator (ONC) standards documents, they are not widely recognized as critical for interoperability progress – but they are!


Read this white paper to understand why understaning LOINC® is critical to the success of your laboratory business.

*LOINC is a registered United States trademark of Regenstrief Institute, Inc.


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