Krames StayWell and 3M Partner to Integrate Patient Education Content with Health IT Systems

Interoperability enabled by 3M Healthcare Data Dictionary will promote patient engagement in healthcare decision making

YARDLEY, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Krames StayWell and 3M Health Information Systems have announced an agreement to encode Krames StayWell’s award-winning patient education library using the 3M Healthcare Data Dictionary (3M HDD), a controlled medical vocabulary server that translates and integrates data from diverse systems into a standard, meaningful language. Krames StayWell’s multimedia consumer health content, comprised of more than 12,000 articles, videos, and other assets, will be individually mapped to over 20 healthcare terminologies in the 3M HDD, including ICD-10-CM, SNOMED, CPT, NDC, and LOINC. Upon completion, Krames StayWell content will be more easily integrated and interoperable with virtually any healthcare information technology (HIT) system.

“Before computerized healthcare data can be put to work, it must be concretely defined and consistently translated, giving the data both context and meaning,” said Anthony Carrozzella, Business Director, Clinical Terminology for 3M Health Information Systems. “We’re excited to be working with Krames StayWell on expanding the reach of their extensive patient education content so that clinical data can be better understood and acted upon by patients.”

Dave Bennett, Chief Technology Officer at Krames StayWell added, “For us, this is a game changer. For years we’ve licensed content that can only be accessed via disparate systems, be it an EHR or content management system. The 3M HDD not only defines and translates every data element and healthcare concept that occurs in the EHR, it also includes the contextual logic for true, extensive interoperability. This will allow us to provide the appropriate patient-centric intelligence directly at the point of care and at any touch point along the care continuum. Our agreement with 3M aligns with Krames StayWell’s vision of transforming healthcare communication.”

Once encoded by the 3M HDD, Krames StayWell content will have the flexibility to assist HIT vendors, Hospitals, and Eligible Providers meet future Stage 2 and Stage 3 requirements of Meaningful Use addressing the Patient and Family Engagement Pillar of Meaningful Use. Additionally, bringing consumer health information into the health IT infrastructure will facilitate development of patient health self-management solutions, essential to achieving improved outcomes and lower costs at the core of healthcare reform.

About 3M Health Information Systems

Best known for market-leading coding solutions and ICD-10 expertise, 3M Health Information Systems also delivers innovative software and consulting services that raise the bar for clinical documentation improvement, computer-assisted coding, mobile physician applications, and document management. With a robust healthcare data dictionary and terminology services to support the expansion and accuracy of EHRs and 28 years of healthcare experience, 3M Health Information Systems is the go-to partner for organizations worldwide that want to improve quality and financial performance. For more information, visit

About Krames StayWell

Krames StayWell (a MediMedia company) is the largest provider of patient education, consumer health information, and population health management communications in the country. Combining extensive technology and content assets with vast consumer insights and a strategic approach, Krames StayWell is uniquely qualified to engage consumers across the entire spectrum of their health care experience. Our best-in-class health communication solutions integrate print, interactive, and mobile formats at multiple touch points to attract and retain consumers, improve health outcomes, and lower costs. We deliver measurable results for hospital, healthcare professional, health plan, employer, retail pharmacy, government, and association clients with world-class design, commitment to health literacy principles, and a focus on custom development. For more information, please visit


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