Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC®) has been named as a standard in both Stage One and Stage Two Meaningful Use. Earlier posts have discussed the utility and importance of LOINC as a standard. LOINC has been used sporadically by some organizations, but full use of LOINC is coming into its own.
As with the journey of a thousand miles, taking that first step on the catalog mapping project is truly the hardest part. To make your journey a bit easier, here are three first steps to consider:
- Do you understand LOINC?
- Do you understand data?
- What are the right resources and tools to use?