SNOMED, HL7, LOINC the official informatics standards for veterinary medicine

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In April, the Executive Board approved AVMA support of the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED), Health Level 7 (HL7), and Logical Observation Identifier Names and Codes (LOINC) as the informatics standards for veterinary medicine.

According to the position statement recommended by the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Medical Informatics and approved by the board, these standards provide for the optimal collection, transmission, analysis, and dissemination of information, data, and knowledge for problem solving and decision making in veterinary medicine.

Since the mid-1980s, the AVMA has financially and intellectually supported the development of electronic data standards. SNOMED ensures that health care professionals can communicate effectively with each other and that a common language is spoken between veterinary and human medicine.

HL7 defines the structure of the electronic messages sent between health care computer systems.

LOINC provides a set of universal names and ID codes for identifying laboratory and clinical test results, and the ability to receive clinical and laboratory information from a variety of sources.