Regenstrief Institute

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The Regenstrief Institute, Inc. is a private, non-profit research organization affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) and based in Indianapolis Indiana USA. It was founded in 1969 by philanthropist Samuel Regenstrief.[1] The institute is involved in the field of medical informatics and health services research.[2][3][4]


Many of Regenstrief's efforts in health services research and development collaborate with the medical informaticians and affiliated organizations at the Indiana University School of Medicine.[5][6] [7][8]

LOINC Classification[edit]

In 1994, and continuing to this day, this group created and maintains the medical terminology set known as the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC). LOINC is a database and universal standard for identifying medical laboratory observations. It was created in response to the demand for an electronic database for clinical care and management and is publicly available at no cost.

It is endorsed by the College of American Pathologists to the US Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).[9] It is also endorsed by the American Clinical Laboratory Association.[citation needed] Since its inception, the database has expanded to include not just medical laboratory code names but also nursing diagnosis, nursing interventions, outcomes classification, and patient care data sets.

Medical record system[edit]

Since the 1970s, this group has been developing the Regenstrief Medical Records System, one of the earliest electronic medical record systems (EMR). This system serves as the production electronic medical records system at Wishard Hospital and its community clinics and other institutions.[citation needed]

Open source medical records system[edit]

Regenstrief, in collaboration with Partners In Health (Boston) and MRC (South Africa), helped to found the OpenMRS, an open source effort to build a framework for electronic medical records development in resource poor areas. OpenMRS was selected as Google Summer of Code 2007 project.[citation needed]


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