Health Language Blog

Breaking Down the Data Silos: How reference data is the cornerstone of an overall data management strategy

Posted on 05/09/18 | Comments

Providers and payers face growing pressure to control costs, increase profitability, and succeed with value-based care. Healthcare executives must turn to data as their strongest ally to inform decision-making and drive performance improvement. Yet many organizations fail to extract the full value of their data assets due to fragmented operations, ineffective data governance, and IT structural limitations that create data silos across an enterprise.


Topics: Reference Data Management

Financial Stability in a Fluid Market

Posted on 11/01/17 | Comments

Four Ways to Address Data Management Challenges and Strengthen Your Revenue Cycle

Revenue cycle management can leverage systems and workflows that close gaps, tie up loose ends, and ensure submission of a clean claim. Reference data—representing the coded and uncoded data used across a health system—plays an all-important role in strategies that optimize revenue cycle processes and ensure compliance with industry licensing requirements.


Topics: revenue cycle management

Three Reasons DSM-5 Mapping Strategies Matter

Posted on 09/07/17 | Comments

The introduction of industry standards such as SNOMED CT, ICD-10, LOINC, and RxNorm is an important step toward achieving the goals of interoperability and information sharing. Yet healthcare organizations still face notable challenges to laying the best frameworks for normalizing data to these standards. Since there is no one standard that addresses all healthcare information, clinical and financial data must be “cleaned” and appropriately mapped to a single source of truth to remove semantic ambiguity.


Topics: Standard terminologies, Analytics, mapping, DSM-5

Are Your Reports Showing Pregnant Men and Smoking Babies?

Posted on 08/16/17 | Comments

Four Reasons Dirty Data Destroys Healthcare Analytics


Topics: Analytics, data quality

NLP: Unlocking the potential of unstructured text in healthcare

Posted on 05/30/17 | Comments

Hospitals and health systems are sitting on a wealth of patient information that has potential to transform care delivery. Yet analytics infrastructures designed to fuel performance improvement have traditionally overlooked much of that data because it resides in health IT systems as unstructured free text.


Topics: NLP, Natural Language Processing, unstructured text

Provider Friendly Terminology: A Better Problem List Strategy

Posted on 05/17/17 | Comments

How to get ahead with access to primary and secondary terms.

Problem lists are not new to healthcare, yet the industry has historically struggled to accurately capture this critical snapshot of patient problems and visit diagnoses. While EHRs now provide an efficient way to gather problem list data, they don’t address the underlying challenge of clean data capture due to the wide variance in terminologies used across the industry.


Topics: provider friendly terminology, visit diagnosis, problem lists, primary terms, secondary terms

Health Language and MediMobile Partner to Improve the Hospital Revenue Cycle

Posted on 04/27/17 | Comments

It’s no secret that reimbursement is increasingly complex for today’s hospitals and health systems. In truth, a fair amount of billing inaccuracies and missed charge capture has always been part of the bottom-line challenge. But today’s providers simply cannot afford to let any money slip through the cracks as they navigate new value-based care models and take on more risk.


Topics: revenue cycle management, provider friendly terminology, MediMobile, billing accuracy

Overcoming the Complexity of Customizable Data

Posted on 03/01/17 | Comments

EMR and other healthcare software applications must maintain dropdown lists of codes, which are regularly updated by the standard bodies. As a software vendor you need to ensure that you are monitoring for updates, analyzing each update to determine what actually changed, and then incorporating the updates and shipping updated code to all of your customers. In this blog, I discuss the challenge of managing codes and dropdown lists on your own, as opposed to using a terminology management solution to manage these frequent updates for you.


Topics: code groups, customizable code groups, custom dropdown list, healthcare software applications

Release of 2017 ISA is Good News for Interoperability

Posted on 02/08/17 | Comments

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently released the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA), an update to the 2016 version that holds great promise for advancing health information exchange. National Coordinator Vindell Washington hailed the release as “a key step toward achieving the goals” outlined in the Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap and Interoperability Pledge announced earlier this year. Thus, the Interoperability theme continues as seen with the recent Cures Act and MIPS. Even HHS Secretary nominee Tom Price during his confirmation hearings stated that the federal government’s role “ought to be interoperability: to make sure the different systems can talk to each other so it inures to the benefit of the patient.”


Topics: interoperability, government, ISA, Unique Device Identifier, ONC

The Impacts of the 21st Century Cures Act

Posted on 01/17/17 | Comments

The 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law just last month.  This broad law reduces the bureaucracy for drug approval, provides billions of dollars to the NIH for research, and provides funding to state governments to deal with the opioid epidemic.  But along with these touted benefits, this law includes significant impacts for healthcare IT. 


Topics: EHR, data normalization, interoperability, patient engagement, Consumer Friendly Descriptions, patient empowerment