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PUTS Project

A national project for the Standardisation of Pathology Units and Terminology (PUTS) was initiated by the RCPA in July 2011 with support from Department of Health. Around 80 pathologists, scientists, informaticians, and other clinicians worked in 8 working groups to establish guidelines for the use of terminology and standardised units covering each of the pathology disciplines.

Constrained sets of the most common terms and their corresponding codes and units have been developed for requesting and reporting pathology using consensus-based standards development and good clinical governance. The Project Steering Group decided on the adoption of: SNOMED CT for requesting; LOINC for the reporting question (HL7v2 OBX-3); and UCUM for the representation of units.

The Australian Pathology Units and Terminology Standard (APUTS), now known as Standards of Pathology Informatics in Australia (SPIA) describe the rules and provide guidelines for adoption. 

Status

Status: Completed (February 2013)

Publications

The Australian Pathology Units and Terminology Standardisation Project – An Overview
Michael Legg, Christiaan Swanepoel
Clin Biochem Rev. 2012 August; 33(3): 103–108. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3428252/pdf/cbr_33_3_103.pdf

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