Consumer Names are labels designed for use in consumer-facing applications

The Consumer Name was originally hand-crafted for a very small subset of LOINC terms. At its inception, these names were labeled as “experimental”, and the original names were not maintained. In 2019 we undertook a concerted effort to develop a more comprehensive set of consumer-friendly names, primarily based on the increasing availability of consumer-facing health and wellness apps that take advantage of existing LOINC codes for the underlying data.

We have created Consumer Names for all LOINC Laboratory terms and a subset of most common clinical measurements, such as vital signs.

Consumer Names are created based on manually crafted consumer name text for each Part. In contrast to the other names, this text may represent a more general concept for the defining Part. These names do not represent each of the defining Parts of a given term, are not unique, and do not include an indicator that a term is deprecated.

TIP For more information on LOINC Names including high-level rules for building Consumer Names, see Section 9.1.1 "Names" of the LOINC Users' Guide.

ALPHA

LOINC’s Consumer Names have an Alpha status. We do not have a schedule for promoting Consumer Names to a production status.

DISCLAIMER

Consumer Names are intended for downstream display only and are not intended to be used at any point in the clinical workflow, or for the purpose of mapping local terms to LOINC.

Examples

The following table illustrates the differences between Consumer Names and clinically-appropriate Long Common Names. Consumer Names, when available, are included on Details Pages for each LOINC term.

LOINC Consumer Name Long Common Name
630-4 Culture, Urine Bacteria identified in Urine by Culture
69958-7 Food Mix (Orange, Apple, Banana, Peach) Allergy Test, Blood Food Allergen Mix 15 (Orange+Apple+Banana+Peach) IgE Ab [Units/volume] in Serum by Multidisk
24476-4 F2 gene Variant Analysis, Blood or Tissue Specimen F2 gene mutations found [Identifier] in Blood or Tissue by Molecular genetics method Nominal
87422-2 Glucose After Meal, Blood Glucose [Mass/volume] in Blood --post meal

File Contents

The ConsumerName.csv file is a single table containing LOINC codes and Consumer Names for LOINC Laboratory terms and a small subset of Clinical terms in CSV format.

Download

LOINC Consumer Name File
Version: 1.5 alpha
Released: 2021-08-23
Size: 575 KB (ZIP)

  • Loinc_2.71_ConsumerName_1.5-Alpha
  • ConsumerName.csv
  • ConsumerNameReadMe.txt
  • LoincReleaseNotes.pdf
  • Loinc_2.71_License_5.2.txt

API Access

Consumer Names are not currently available as part of the CodeSystem resource of LOINC's FHIR Terminology Server. We will work to define a property for these after Consumer Names reach a production status.