Expanded distribution of standardized medical terminology to drive electronic health information exchange for improved care and efficiency
DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Health Language, Inc. (HLI), the global leader in medical terminology management, commends Kaiser Permanente’s donation of its Convergent Medical Terminology (CMT) to the International Healthcare Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO©) for U.S. distribution through the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The free distribution of Kaiser Permanente’s standardized medical terminology is expected to reduce cost barriers and interoperability challenges that have slowed widespread electronic health information exchange and its subsequent improvements in quality of care and operational efficiencies.
Sharing HHS’s and Kaiser Permanente’s vision of increased healthcare information technology (HIT) adoption, HLI has committed that its Language Engine® (LE) and Language Engine Access Portal (LEAP) solutions will include CMT and provide seamless mapping between CMT and HLI’s comprehensive clinical terminologies, administrative codes and other terminologies required for Meaningful Use. In addition, HLI will enhance its ICD-10 conversion strategies by leveraging synergies between Kaiser’s CMT and HLI’s LE, which is already being used by payors and providers to facilitate the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10.
“With HLI’s guaranteed inclusion of Kaiser’s CMT, clinicians and hospitals with the appropriate NLM and IHTSDO licenses can access our full spectrum of medical terminology maintenance and updated solutions,” Brian Levy, M.D., Health Language’s chief medical officer. “This will ensure consistent clinician access to standardized data that provides the foundation for evidence-based medicine and continuity of care.”
HLI’s Language Engine integrates and manages the most current medical terminologies within healthcare applications to enable effective and interoperable use of accurate clinical information, administrative codes and consumer-friendly terminology. It provides access to current versions of more than 100 clinical and administrative code sets including SNOMED CT, ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM, LOINC, RxNorm, HCPCS and others, and allows incorporation and mapping of local content to standards. HLI’s newest solution, Language Engine Access Portal (LEAP), enables web access to code sets and provides users with ability to create custom subsets and mappings to facilitate creation of codified problem and medication lists.
Added Levy, “We look forward to helping healthcare providers, HIT (healthcare information technology) vendors, health ministries such as the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, and standards organizations such as IHTSDO, owner of SNOMED-CT, fully realize the benefits of Kaiser Permanente’s very generous donation.”
About Health Language
Denver-based Health Language, Inc. (HLI) develops and delivers state-of-the- art software solutions that automatically incorporate medical vocabulary and coding standards into healthcare information technology (HCIT) applications. HLI’s Language Engine (LE) allows centralized access to medical terminology standards and generates mappings to create a common pool of standardized codes and concepts that enhance patient safety, facilitate clinical outcomes analysis and accelerate reimbursement. It also provides standards for modeling, storing, updating and distributing information consistently for interoperability between hospitals, regions and countries. For more information, visit www.healthlanguage.com or call 720-940-2900 (U.S.), +34 (659) 539 614 (Spain), or +44 (0) 870 420 2470 (England).
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