LOINC Development

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Regenstrief Institute, Inc.

Regenstrief Institute is the owner and overall steward of the LOINC vocabulary standard. Led by Clem McDonald, MD, Regenstrief’s informaticians initiated the LOINC effort in 1994.

Regenstrief serves as standards development organization (SDO) for LOINC. The LOINC team at Regenstrief maintains the LOINC database and supporting documentation, processes submissions and edits to the content, develops and curates accessory content (descriptions, hierarchies, other attributes, etc), develops the RELMA mapping program, and coordinates LOINC releases. In addition, Regenstrief continues to cultivate the LOINC community worldwide. The LOINC effort at Regenstrief is led by Daniel J. Vreeman, PT, DPT, MS, Director of LOINC and Health Data Standards.

To help guide the overall LOINC development, Regenstrief organized the LOINC Committee.

LOINC Committee

The LOINC Committee serves a number of key roles in LOINC development. As a group, the Committee defines the overall naming conventions and policies for the development process. In collaboration with Regenstrief and other stakeholders, the Committee helps set priorities for new content development.

Individual members may also take the lead on the development of naming rules and LOINC names for new subject matter and serve as content experts to answer questions that come up with new submissions. The LOINC Committee has two primary divisions: the Laboratory LOINC Committee which deals with observations made on specimens, and the Clinical LOINC Committee which deals with observations made on patients.

Clem McDonald, MD
Chair: Clem McDonald, MD
NLM Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications

Stan Huff, MD
Co-chair: Stan Huff, MD
Intermountain Health Care
University of Utah

Laboratory LOINC Committee

Chair:
Clem McDonald, MD
NLM Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications

Clinical LOINC Committee

Chair:
Stan Huff, MD
Intermountain Health Care
University of Utah

Clinical LOINC Nursing Subcommittee

Subcommittee Mission: To provide LOINC codes for observations at key stages of the nursing process, including assessments, goals, and outcomes, and to meet the needs for administrative and regulatory data related to nursing care.

Chair:
Susan Matney, PhD, RNC-OB, FAAN
Intermountain Healthcare