Amid the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States, the HDD team created several new value sets collecting the relevant standard codes, to be provided free to anyone who may find them useful in data identification in relation to the crisis.
If you are new to the world of healthcare terminologies, you will learn quickly that there are many of them, each with its individual terminology model (content structure and organization), area(s) of focus, release schedule and format, language, and other characteristics.
The Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS) of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS), with weekly 30-minute webinars for the public at 3 p.m. Eastern time each Monday.
It may seem daunting to implement the two standards within your local database for public health reporting, especially if you’re a team of one, but you can leverage the work of experts from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Public Health Information Network Vocabulary Access Distribution System (PHIN VADS).
For the first Tip of the Month of 2020, we’d like to present something very different from the details of terminologies and mappings, and that is how we support working with these terminologies and mappings from a technology perspective.