I am new to LOINC and generally trying to feel my way around using it to develop a Health Information System for my hospital in Nigeria.
I have a couple of issues:
I however do not understand how the individual LOINC tests are organized
From the database how do I tell what test is part of a panel, can one test
be a part of more than one panel? How is this relationship described
within the RELMA or LOINC database.
I definitely would appreciate a quick reply.
if there are any resources i can get I would be grateful. watching the online video is quite a task considering my bandwidth!
LOINC maps results, not orders. With this in mind, panels have been created to group tests that are commonly ordered together to aid in mapping. For example, the Basic Metabolic panel has a LOINC code of 24322-1, but is actually comprised of several LOINC codes-calcium, CO2, creatinine, glucose, etc. Unless you are sending the all results in the same field; each individual test under the panel would be mapped separately.
To view all panels contained in LOINC, search in RELMA on the word “panel”. Select “Details” to display the children (tests) under the panel.