Logical Observation Identifiers, Names, and Codes

LOINC® (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) is a universal code system for identifying laboratory and clinical observations that facilitates exchange and pooling of results for clinical care, research, outcomes management, and many other purposes. When used in conjunction with messaging standards such as HL7, LOINC’s universal observation identifiers can be an essential ingredient for combining test results, measurements, and other observations from many sources. One of my primary responsibilities is leading the ongoing development and expansion of LOINC and its global community.