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Pan-Canadian LOINC Observation Code Database (pCLOCD) Nomenclature Standard

Pan-Canadian LOINC Observation Code Database (pCLOCD) Nomenclature Standard allows access, management and storage of patient laboratory orders and results across the continuum of care through a jurisdictional Laboratory Information System.

Laboratory results are a critical factor in clinical decision making. Many patients’ complete tests are located in different health care locations. When online sharing of test information is limited, tests results are often duplicated when a patient then visits different health care providers. This lack of available laboratory test information limits timely clinical decision making. 

Pan-Canadian LOINC Observation Code Database                             
(pCLOCD) Nomenclature Standard
                                              CAS *

BUSINESS FUNCTIONS BENEFITS
  • Provides standardization for disparate lab tests across multiple organizations and platforms allowing for comparability and analysis of consolidated lab data
  • Provides options for standardizing laboratory test names and reporting units across disparate lab systems for use in a consolidated system
  • Facilitates semantic interoperability between disparate lab systems
  • Supports all commonly used lab tests and the majority of tests done in specialty areas
  • Supports both ordering and reporting lab tests
ACCESS
  • Increases access to laboratory test results across the continuum of care
QUALITY
  • Reduces the need to repeat laboratory tests since all existing tests are accessible
  • Improves quality and timeliness of laboratory results and interpretations since tests can be reviewed electronically
PRODUCTIVITY
  • Reduces storage, dissemination and duplication costs – tests can be stored and shared electronically
MESSAGING & TERMINOLOGY INFORMATION
  • Terminology: LOINC

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Canadian Approved Standards (CAS) - The standard is in use for the purpose(s) or context(s) for which it was intended. Only those parts of the standard that have been implemented or are in use can progress for consideration as CAS. This decision point signifies that the standard has reached a level of stability and is comprehensive enough such that major changes are not expected.

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