On August 23rd, 2016 the Regenstrief Institute, colocated at the Indiana University School of Medicine and creator of the LOINC standard, announced to include SPINA-GT and SPINA-GD in the next version of LOINC. LOINC (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) is a database and standard of universal identifiers for laboratory and other clinical observations. It facilitates exchange and storage of clinical results or vital signs for patient care and clinical research. LOINC is endorsed and/or recommended by the American Clinical Laboratory Association, the College of American Pathologists (CAP), Deutsches Institut für Medizinische Dokumentation und Information (DIMDI), and the organisations for Health Level 7 (HL7) and Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) as well as by other national and international organisations.
SPINA-GT and SPINA-GD will be included in the next version of LOINC, which is expected to be available by the end of 2016. Covering SPINA in LOINC will facilitate exchange of calculation results in hospital information systems and other platforms for medical communication.
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