The year 2019 marks the 250th anniversary since the Scottish physician and professor, William Cullen, published the book “Synopsis Nosologiae Methodicae”. He, and other pioneers in the field of nosology, made it easier for physicians to classify diseases and diagnose patients’ ailments as well as promote early tracking of health outcomes.
The Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes—widely known as LOINC—is a standard terminology created to enable a common understanding of laboratory and clinical observations, such as lab tests and results, vital signs and other clinical measurements and procedures.
Previously, in “TEFCA: A beginning for nationwide interoperability ,” we discussed the basics of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), an ambitious plan assembled by The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to provide an “on-ramp” to nationwide interoperability for healthcare data.
In accordance with the 21st Century Cures Act, The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology has released the draft version of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA).
I recently attended the June 2018 Laboratory LOINC Conference in Indianapolis to get the latest LOINC updates. I have attended many previous meetings, but this time was special. My colleague Pam Banning received this year’s LOINC Award for Distinguished Contributions!