Institute for Population Health Improvement Recruits California-based Labs for No-cost Mapping Services

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California-based labs are being recruited to participate in the Laboratory Mapping Assistance Project (Lab MAP) and receive free code mapping to convert proprietary order, result, and observation codes to standard codes, namely the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) and Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine—Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT®) terminologies.

The Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) at the University of California, Davis Health System is recruiting California-based labs to participate in the Laboratory Mapping Assistance Project (Lab MAP). Participating labs will receive free code mapping to convert proprietary order, result, and observation codes to standard codes, namely the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) and Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine—Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT®) terminologies.

The objective of the IPHI Lab MAP is to accelerate California’s clinical laboratories conversion to standards that are easily shared with healthcare providers’ electronic health records, improving the efficiency and the quality of health care delivery.

The IPHI has partnered with Mapping Services Provider, Lantana Consulting Group, to provide the mapping expertise. Lantana Consulting Group has streamlined the process to minimize the burden on labs converting their local codes to LOINC or SNOMED CT®. The first cohort is underway and the project is recruiting more labs who want to complete code mapping by mid-2015.

Potential participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Independent or hospital-based California lab
  • Able to send or planning to send orders or results electronically within 6 months
  • Not using BOTH LOINC and SNOMED CT®
  • Performs 100,000 or more lab tests annually (with some exceptions)

Interested Lab Directors or Chief Information Technology Officers can complete the readiness assessment survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/IPHILabMAP.

For more information about the IPHI Lab Mapping Assistance Project (Lab MAP), visit http://www.iphilaboratorymap.org/. Labs can also learn more by registering for one of the upcoming project overview webinars at http://www.iphilaboratorymap.org/events/.

About The Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI)
As part of UC Davis Health System, IPHI builds synergy among population health-related activities within UC Davis Health System and communities. IPHI's mission is to create, apply, and disseminate knowledge about the many determinants of health to improve health and health security, and to support activities that improve health equity and eliminate health disparities.

To accomplish its mission, IPHI will:

  • Provide leadership and nurture scholarship in the art and science of health improvement.
  • Develop and disseminate actionable intelligence to improve health and clinical effectiveness.
  • Create and communicate knowledge that will inform policy, improve health equity, and eliminate health disparities.
  • Build health leadership capacity.
  • Increase healthcare provider competence in recognizing psychosocial and environmental causes of health conditions.

IPHI focuses on populations large and small, primarily in inland northern California and statewide, bringing lessons learned to the larger global community.

About Lantana Consulting Group
Lantana Consulting Group provides services and software for healthcare providers, vendors, and regulators who develop and implement standards-based health information exchange. Lantana’s vision is to see health information available across the spectrum of care, supporting safe, effective, affordable health care that improves well-being, public health, quality of care, and research. See http://www.lantanagroup.com.

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