The LOINC Content Model and Its Limitations of Usage in the Laboratory Domain

Cora Drenkhahn*, Josef Ingenerf

*Corresponding author for this work


To unambiguously encode the semantic meaning of laboratory tests, the LOINC terminology is widely used. With regard to the constantly changing and diverse requirements of the laboratory domain, LOINC's long-established content model and related publications are reviewed conjointly, revealing some obstacles for flexible adaptation in terms of new or varying application needs as well as issues regarding the comprehensive reusability of lab data. In a concise overview, four specific limitations are identified that require adaptation or the usage of other terminologies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVolume 270: Digital Personalized Health and Medicine
EditorsLouise B. Pape-Haugaard , Christian Lovis, Inge Cort Madsen , Patrick Weber, Per Hostrup Nielsen, Philip Scott
Number of pages6
PublisherIOS Press
Publication date16.06.2020
Pages437 - 442
ISBN (Print)978-1-64368-082-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-64368-083-5
Publication statusPublished - 16.06.2020
Event30th Medical Informatics Europe Conference - Geneva's International Conference Center, Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 28.04.202001.05.2020
Conference number: 161256


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