This value set was developed iteratively through both empirical and consensus-driven approaches. The original version was developed by the NLM, Regenstrief Institute, and several organizations and contained an empirical list of the most commonly ordered tests. We often called that list the "Top 300", because it contained about 300 codes that accounted for the majority of the volume of five nationally-representative data sources.
In 2014, S&I Framework Initiative called aLOINC Order Code launched with the goal of enhancing and expanding the orginal list to more comprehensively cover tests commonly ordered in ambulatory care settings and for tests ordered in the public health settings. The initiative used a combination of empiric and consensus based approaches to identify additional LOINC codes to be added to the original list.
The end result of this work is an updated list of LOINC order codes that serves as a good "starter set".
This file does not include any deprecated terms.