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Data Normalization Use Case: Mapping Disparate Labs to LOINC

Posted on 09/16/14 | Comments

Patient data, scattered across the healthcare community, is notoriously difficult to pull together.

Disparate systems obstruct the ability to aggregate data from multiple sources or to share data among healthcare organizations. Data normalization, however, seeks to harmonize data from different sources into standard terminologies. A data normalization solution can provide a shared vocabulary that can ease data exchange and help improve data analytics-driven initiatives such as population health management.

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5 Benefits of Data Normalization with MediSpan, RXNorm and NDC

Posted on 09/12/14 | Comments

Prescription drug nomenclature over the years has been embedded in myriad terminologies and coding systems.

The lack of standards has made it difficult to share and aggregate drug-related data. But that situation is changing. Terminology standards such as RxNorm and NDF-RT are being adopted for the use in HIT applications dealing with drug information. Many existing systems already use NDCs as well as proprietary drug terminologies such as Medispan.  

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3 Ways Data Normalization Helps Improve Quality Measures and Reporting

Posted on 09/09/14 | Comments

Healthcare providers and payers are increasingly on the hook for monitoring the effectiveness and safety of care and generating reports for internal use and external regulators.

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3 Ways Data Normalization is Key to Link Claims and Clinically-Sourced Data

Posted on 09/05/14 | Comments

Working with electronic health data is no walk in the park.

Just ask the numerous healthcare organizations that want to share data among disparate IT systems or pull data from multiple data sources for analytical or reporting purposes.  A significant challenge is being able to leverage both claims and clinically-sourced data.

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The Critical Role of Data Normalization in Healthcare

Posted on 09/03/14 | Comments

Health information exchange (HIE) is a critical component to the future of healthcare. As more systems are created to improve patient outcomes and improve operational efficiencies, it will become increasingly important for various health data systems to be able to communicate with one another.

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What is a Data Dictionary and What Role Does it Play in Semantic Interoperability?

Posted on 08/26/14 | Comments

 

Semantic Interoperability - a key component of data sharing

Electronic health record (EHR) adoption, Meaningful Use, the universal adoption of the ICD-10 coding system, the Physician Quality Reporting System and other federal initiatives all have something in common. They all seek to increase the efficiency and reliability of data sharing across the healthcare industry.

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3 Things to Look for in a Data Normalization Solution for Healthcare

Posted on 08/22/14 | Comments

 

The growth of electronically available data in healthcare presents a quandary. 

On the one hand, electronic health records and other health IT systems frees clinical information from paper charts and file rooms. On the other hand, that patient information is spread across multiple healthcare players and myriad IT systems across the healthcare community. Healthcare providers need to exchange data to collaborate on patient care in emerging delivery models such as accountable care organizations (ACOs). In addition, healthcare researchers need to extract and aggregate data from a variety of electronic sources for data warehousing and analysis.

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How Terminology Mapping Drives Semantic Interoperability

Posted on 08/21/14 | Comments

 

The increasing use of electronic health records (EHRs) opens opportunities for data sharing and collaborative care that simply didn’t exist when patient information was confined to paper charts.

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ICD-10: 5 Focus Areas That Should Not Be Delayed

Posted on 06/19/14 | Comments

ICD-10 may be delayed, but that doesn't mean your preparation for the transition should also be postponed. Having trouble deciding where to focus your efforts in the interim? The infographic below can help guide you.

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Further Delay in ICD-10 Will Cost the Health Industry $1-6 Billion

Posted on 03/31/14 | Comments

As some of you may have heard, the House approved on Thursday an 'SGR patch' bill, which would be yet another delay in implementing the SGR formula for Part B payments.

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