Navigation Links
The dirty work of health care information technology
Date:12/14/2007

INDIANAPOLIS -- I may say soda and you may say pop, but what if the hospital lab you go to today says BMP and the one you visit next week calls the same test SMA7" Your physician knows that these are the same tests, but the computer systems they use don't automatically know. How can we develop a national healthcare information network, or even regional healthcare information exchanges, if we don't have a lingua franca"

A study by researchers from the Regenstrief Institute, the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, looked at hospital laboratories from five hospital systems in the Indiana Network for Patient Care and found that even in the same metropolitan area – Indianapolis and its suburbs – a variety of names were assigned to the same test – for example: complete blood count, hemogram and CBC.

Looking at 49 million lab results, the researchers found that of the approximately 4,000 lab tests administered throughout the metropolitan area, approximately 20 percent of those tests accounted for 99 percent of the results and covered all the tests performed for 99 percent of patients. Nearly 80 percent of the tests were seldom administered.

"Because so few tests are routinely administered, finding a common language won't be as hard as we had assumed. We'll only have to look at the "David Letterman Top 10," as it were, not an infinite number of tests," said study co-author JT Finnell, M.D., a Regenstrief research scientist and associate professor of emergency medicine at the IU School of Medicine.

More than ten years ago, the Regenstrief Institute developed and now maintains and updates the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) database, a universal standard for identifying laboratory and other clinical observations to deal with this problem.

"Mapping local test names to a common language like LOINC provides a bridge across the many islands of health data that currently exist. Focusing on the most common tests is a manageable task and also comes with a huge payoff," said co-author Daniel Vreeman, PT, DPT, a Regenstrief research scientist and assistant research professor of physical therapy, IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.


'/>"/>

Contact: Cindy Fox Aisen
caisen@iupui.edu
317-274-7722
Indiana University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Big Tobaccos Latest Dirty Trick: Deceiving Oregon Voters
2. New Survey Uncovers Dirty Little Secrets About Americas Oral Care Habits
3. Audio from Medialink and Philips: Americas Dirty Mouths
4. Children would need different medical care in wake of dirty bomb
5. Penn study finds pro-death proteins required to regulate healthy immune function
6. UCLA researchers identify markers that may predict diabetes in still-healthy people
7. Air pollution linked to cardiovascular risk indices in healthy young adults
8. More proof needed of safety and quality of electronic personal health records
9. Health care incentive model offers collaborative approach
10. Loneliness is bad for your health
11. Mailman School of Public Health study examines link between racial discrimination and substance use
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/6/2016)... ... May 06, 2016 , ... The National Association of Chain ... in Puerto Rico. Radio messages set to debut on Monday, May 9, and ... about ways to protect themselves and their unborn children from the effects of ...
(Date:5/6/2016)... ... May 06, 2016 , ... DrugDev President ... the way the pharmaceutical industry conducts clinical trials. This month Ibs was named No. ... in pharma, and he was honored as a Tech Disruptor by the Philadelphia Business ...
(Date:5/6/2016)... , ... May 06, 2016 , ... ... Integration Service, their latest implementation service offering for global clients of Coupa ( ... ). , Bluvault’s Integration Service is a key component in the suite ...
(Date:5/6/2016)... ... May 06, 2016 , ... From May 4 to 6, EarQ ... the unique opportunity to learn more about Signia’s technology and the successful business and ... is our priority to see practices succeed in this highly competitive industry,” said Ed ...
(Date:5/6/2016)... ... May 06, 2016 , ... Multiple award winning plumbing company in ... 35 years. Maintaining core values of exceptional customer service, quality work at reasonable rates, ... leading name in San Diego plumbing, and other services including heating & air conditioning ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/5/2016)... , First quarter 2016 adjusted diluted earnings per share ... , First quarter reported diluted (GAAP) loss per share ... revises 2016 financial guidance; now expects 2016 revenues to range ... non-GAAP earnings per share to range from $4.50 to $4.80 ... and manufacturing facility restructuring , Company expands ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... Calif. , May 5, 2016  Diagnostic ... a decade due to concerns that these tests ... the approach to imaging, as well as the ... new era of medical peripherals that help health care providers ...   Ampronix  advanced medical imaging is a renowned authorized ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... DUBLIN , May 5, 2016 ... for PET Imaging in Top 5 EU Markets"  report to ... This report provides information on the current Positron Emission ... Five European Markets (T5 EU), which includes France ... , Spain and the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: