Health Language’s Non-Proprietary Toolset and Global Market Penetration Are Key Advantages for Successful Clinical Content Integration
DENVER & PORTLAND, Maine--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- HealthInfoNet, the nonprofit organization managing the Health Information Exchange (HIE) for the State of Maine, today announced that it is partnering with Health Language, Inc. (HLI), the global leader in medical terminology management, as it transitions from a two-year demonstration project to a full statewide HIE implementation. Health Language will support the Maine HIE’s clinical content integration strategy during this expansion.
HealthInfoNet is at the forefront of HIE developments, and its Maine HIE is one of the most comprehensive nationally in its ability to exchange critical patient information among providers. Already, more than half of Maine's residents have medical information in the HealthInfoNet clinical repository and over 1,100 clinicians from 15 participating hospitals and physician practices have access to the system. HealthInfoNet’s transition toward a full statewide HIE will include the remaining 24 Maine hospitals and increased connectivity with ambulatory practices and others.
HealthInfoNet will leverage HLI’s Language Engine to integrate and manage the latest medical terminologies within healthcare applications accessible to clinicians on the Maine HIE. This will enable interoperable use of accurate medical data, administrative codes, and consumer-friendly terminology. Moreover, HLI’s Language Engine provides access to current versions of more than 100 clinical and administrative code sets, including SNOMED CT, ICD-9 and ICD-10, LOINC, CPT, RxNorm, HCPCS and others, and allows incorporation and mapping of local content to standards.
“Health Language has distinguished itself as a global I.T. leader that supports clinically integrated HIEs,” said Devore S. Culver, CEO of HealthInfoNet. “Their robust content and toolset solution provides the flexibility necessary to handle our own content mapping and offers a distinct advantage to expand the health information exchange to all Maine health care providers.”
HealthInfoNet found that HLI’s international expertise and non-proprietary toolset would allow the greatest degree of flexibility for expansion as the Maine HIE moves out of the pilot phase and into statewide operation.
“As part of our due diligence we spoke to national HIE administrators. Their praise of Health Language’s excellent customer service influenced and validated our partnership decision,” said Todd Rogow, Director of Project Management for HealthInfoNet.
“Maine’s HealthInfoNet has set the standard for achieving HIE sustainability,” said Health Language CEO George Schwend. “We are proud of their confidence in us to help them expand to full statewide coverage as they continually improve the quality of patient care and clinician access to data, and demonstrate meaningful use criteria. This is a true opportunity to proactively act on our shared vision of a nationally connected, secure network for clinical document exchange.”
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.
HealthInfoNet is an independent, nonprofit organization advancing the meaningful use of health information technology to improve patient care quality and safety. HealthInfoNet’s core function is the management of a secure electronic network, where health care providers can share important medical information on their patients. HealthInfoNet is also the recipient of a federal grant designating it as one of the Regional Extension Centers (REC) created across the country. HealthInfoNet incorporated in 2006 and is governed by a board of directors and several committees run by Maine people serving on behalf of doctors, hospitals, public health, patients, and groups representing various consumer interests. The organization provides services across the State of Maine, and maintains administrative offices in Portland. For more information visit www.hinfonet.org.
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