International Standards

In DataLife, we use international standards, in particular open standard specifications and coding systems. Those standards indicate good practice to adopt in order to avoid contradictions, confusion and communication problems. Since they are compiled by many experts and practitioners, they capture lessons learned by them and document the practices of the software engineering community.


OpenEHR provides open source specifications and reference implementations of electronic health records, which is published by the openEHR Foundation. Thanks to its flexibility and scalability, it has been widely adopted in Europe and Australia. The value of its approach is in reducing the effort to meet the needs of continually changing clinical requirements while increasing the likelihood of interoperability.

Our designers and developers are members of the openEHR community, actively involved in Clinical Knowledge Manager. We have already worked with a great number of archetypes and templates in DataLife and previous software projects.

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LOINC (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) is a coding system that provides a set of universal names and ID codes for identifying laboratory and clinical test results. It was initiated in 1994 by the Regenstrief Institute to identify observations in HL7 messages. LOINC is used to facilitate exchange and pooling of results for clinical quality measures, outcomes management and research.

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SNOMED-CT (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine - Clinical Terms) is a standardized, multilingual coding system supporting the development of comprehensive high-quality clinical content in health records. The numerical reference system provided by SNOMED-CT facilitates the exchange of clinical information among disparate health care providers and electronic medical records.

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