LOINC 2.68 and RELMA 7.1 are now available for download from the LOINC.org website.
Read the full announcement for all the updates included in this release
Here is the super-short report:
We've added 1,231 new terms since version 2.67, including 747 new laboratory, 244 new clinical, and 240 new survey terms. We've also updated over 3,200 terms in this release.
Creating LOINC terms and other resources related to SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 testing, documentation, and reporting was our primary focus during this release cycle. We worked closely with the CDC, FDA, APHL, laboratories, IVD manufacturers, and other stakeholders to create LOINC content for SARS-CoV-2 laboratory tests, including molecular, antigen, antibody, and culture assays. We also created convalescent plasma terms, terms for case reporting and document terms related to COVID-19 and telehealth clinical notes. See our dedicated page for all COVID-19 related terms. This page will be updated with additional terms as they are made. We also have a page providing guidance for choosing LOINCs for SARS-CoV-2 testing. Furthermore, there are 3 new LOINC Groups for SARS-CoV-2 terms and the codes are also available from our terminology server using FHIR.
We are excited to announce the launch of the LOINC Knowledge base (LOINC KB)! The LOINC KB is incorporated into the LOINC website functionality and includes educational resoures that until now, were only available in PDF or other formats that were not broadly searchable.
The new LOINC license includes several important updates. A single, short version of the notice is now required when LOINC is incorporated into a variety of products and services rather than having different versions depending on the product or service. Also new is additional flexibility with which fields must be included when LOINC is incorporated into a product or service. See the updated license for the complete text.
We've updated our terminology server with the latest content and upgraded to FHIR R4. The upgraded server features new properties for DisplayName, Category, and LOINC-specific properties published in the LoincPartLink_Supplementary file. Again, see our announcement for a more complete review of changes in version 2.68.