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Development of the logical observation identifier names and codes (LOINC) vocabulary

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The LOINC (Logical Observation Identifier Names and Codes) vocabulary is a set of more than 10,000 names and codes developed for use as observation identifiers in standardized messages exchanged between clinical computer systems. The goal of the study was to create universal names and codes for clinical observations that could be used by all clinical information systems. The LOINC names are structured to facilitate rapid matching, either automated or manual, between local vocabularies and the universal LOINC codes; If LOINC codes are used in clinical messages, each system participating in data exchange needs to match its local vocabulary to the standard vocabulary only once. This will reduce both the time and cost of implementing standardized interfaces. The history of the development of the LOINC vocabulary and the methodology used in its creation are described.
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REPRESENTATION, ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORD, TERMINOLOGY, LANGUAGE, SYSTEM, MODEL, GALEN

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Huff, SM, RA Rocha, CJ McDonald, Georges De Moor, Tom Fiers, WD Bidgood, AW Forrey, et al. 1998. “Development of the Logical Observation Identifier Names and Codes (LOINC) Vocabulary.” Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 5 (3): 276–292.
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Huff, S., Rocha, R., McDonald, C., De Moor, G., Fiers, T., Bidgood, W., Forrey, A., et al. (1998). Development of the logical observation identifier names and codes (LOINC) vocabulary. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL INFORMATICS ASSOCIATION, 5(3), 276–292. Presented at the Nursing Informatics 97 working conference on Informatics and Patient and Clinical Guidelines : the State of our Knowledge and a Vision.
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Huff S, Rocha R, McDonald C, De Moor G, Fiers T, Bidgood W, et al. Development of the logical observation identifier names and codes (LOINC) vocabulary. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL INFORMATICS ASSOCIATION. 1998;5(3):276–92.
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Huff, SM, RA Rocha, CJ McDonald, et al. “Development of the Logical Observation Identifier Names and Codes (LOINC) Vocabulary.” JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL INFORMATICS ASSOCIATION 5.3 (1998): 276–292. Print.
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  author       = {Huff, SM and Rocha, RA and McDonald, CJ and De Moor, Georges and Fiers, Tom and Bidgood, WD and Forrey, AW and Francis, WG and Tracy, WR and Leavelle, D and Stalling, F and Griffin, B and Maloney, P and Leland, D and Charles, L and Hutchins, K and Baenziger, J},
  issn         = {1067-5027},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL INFORMATICS ASSOCIATION},
  keyword      = {REPRESENTATION,ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORD,TERMINOLOGY,LANGUAGE,SYSTEM,MODEL,GALEN},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Stockholm, Sweden},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {276--292},
  title        = {Development of the logical observation identifier names and codes (LOINC) vocabulary},
  volume       = {5},
  year         = {1998},
}

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