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Owners of LOINC, NPU, and SNOMED CT Begin Trial of Cooperative Terminology Development

April 6, 2009 - The owners of three standards that contain laboratory test terminology – the Logical Observation Identifiers, Names, Codes (LOINC), Nomenclature, Properties and Units (NPU), and the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine - Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) – today issued a joint press release announcing an operational Trial of prospective divisions of labor in the generation of laboratory test terminology content. This Trial will provide practical experience and important information on opportunities to decrease duplication of effort in the development of laboratory test terminology and to ensure that SNOMED CT works effectively in combination with either LOINC or NPU.

The terms of the agreement (pdf or html) were finalized by the owners of the three standards during a meeting held at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) February 25-27, 2009 (participants pictured at right).

For additional details contact Vivian Auld, Senior Specialist for Health Data Standards, National Library of Medicine, at (auld@nlm.nih.gov).
Photo of February 2009 meeting participants.

Participants in the February 2009 meeting held at NLM.
Front row: Francoise Pontet (C-NPU Sub-Committee Chair), Betsy Humphreys (Meeting Co-Chair, NLM, IHTSDO General Assembly Representative (U.S.)), Martin Severs (IHTSDO Management Board Chair).

Back Row: Clem McDonald (NLM, Laboratory LOINC Committee Chair), Jennifer Zelmer (IHTSDO CEO), Kristina Brand Persson (Meeting Co-Chair, SOCIALSTYRELSEN, National Board of Health and Welfare, IHTSDO General Assembly Representative (Sweden)), Daniel Vreeman (Regenstrief Institute, LOINC Project Manager), Stan Huff (Intermountain Health Care, Clinical LOINC Committee Chair), Kent Spackman (IHTSDO Chief Terminologist), Howard Morris (IFCC, Executive Representative), Vivian Auld (NLM, Meeting Coordinator).

Not pictured: Jocelyn Hicks (Past President, IFCC), Ulla Magdal Petersen (IFCC, NPU Project Manager) .

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