Health Language Blog

Terminology Server on FHIR at HL7 Connectathon 13

Posted on 10/04/16 | Comments

Two weeks ago Health Language attended the HL7 FHIR Connectathon in Baltimore, Maryland.  An impressive 170 individuals were in attendance with 120 individuals participating in the actual Connectathon. This was a new HL7 Connectathon record! The objective of the event was to achieve the goals pre-established for each of the FHIR technology tracts.  The accomplishments of the different groups after the day and a half were outstanding.

We participated in the event with a FHIR Standard for Trial Use (STU) 3 conformant terminology server, which was able to meet the needs of many participants wanting to look up healthcare data by code or use a phrase to search healthcare terminology standards like ICD-10, SNOMED CT, LOINC and RxNorm.  Participants could also accomplish similar tasks with value sets available on our server from NCQA and VSAC.  Those sending requests to our FHIR server were still able to take full advantage of our proprietary synonyms, provider friendly terminology, and mappings between content sets, which demonstrated Health Languages market differentiation.


Topics: interoperability, enterprise terminology management, FHIR

Implications to Using Old and Outdated Codes

Posted on 05/18/16 | Comments

Many were relieved after the ICD-10 implementation deadline. But, though October 1st 2015 is now long past, it does not mean the end of dealing with healthcare terminologies and the complexities set into motion for healthcare providers and payers.  

As we all know, healthcare is a constantly changing industry. New medical breakthroughs as well as newly discovered diseases lead to new treatments and innovative solutions. All of these changes must be represented in evolving medical terminologies. Terminologies, standards for treatment and care, and scientific developments are rarely set in stone. Code systems and terminology sets may be updated daily. If you and your organization cannot keep up with all of the changes, your entire organization is at risk.  


Topics: ICD-10, terminology, enterprise terminology management

Five Conflicts that Can be Avoided by Enterprise Terminology Management

Posted on 05/12/15 | Comments

The healthcare industry is rife with clinical terminologies, both proprietary vocabularies and those based on industry standards.


Topics: enterprise terminology management

3 Benefits of an Enterprise Terminology Management Platform

Posted on 03/03/15 | Comments

Fragmentation is a defining characteristic of today’s healthcare ecosystem.

A health delivery organization may manage 40 or more separate IT systems, each of which has its own clinical terminology content and infrastructure. Those terminology silos make it difficult for organizations to leverage isolated clinical data, which impacts downstream activities such as data analytics. The problem intensifies when a health system seeks to share data with other healthcare partners. In that scenario, the relevant data resides in numerous isolated systems scattered across multiple healthcare organizations.


Topics: enterprise terminology management

How Enterprise Terminology Management Can Be Used for Clinical Alignment

Posted on 02/12/15 | Comments

Healthcare organizations have deployed myriad healthcare IT systems in recent years, hoping to improve patient outcomes and improve operational efficiencies.

Unfortunately, most of the systems scattered across the healthcare community today are not semantically interoperable. That is, even with EHR certification under “meaningful use”, health IT systems still often use different terminologies to say the same things. The resulting fragmentation hinders communication among systems and makes it difficult for healthcare organizations to create a comprehensive view of clinical data.


Topics: enterprise terminology management

Pillars of an Enterprise Terminology Management Platform

Posted on 01/09/15 | Comments

Enterprise Terminology Management is an umbrella term that covers a range of technologies and services that aim to achieve a common goal: help healthcare organizations overcome the interoperability issues associated with multiple, incompatible medical terminologies.


Topics: enterprise terminology management

The Need for Enterprise Terminology Management in 2015

Posted on 12/23/14 | Comments

The healthcare sector lacks a common clinical vocabulary that spans the rapidly growing population of IT systems.

The problem has both local and cross-industry dimensions. At the local level, a given health delivery organization may manage 40 or more separate systems, each of which has its own clinical terminology infrastructure. The disparate terminologies make it difficult for such an organization to leverage the data in a meaningful and consistent way. The problem becomes magnified at the inter-organizational level when two or more health systems attempt to share and analyze data.


Topics: enterprise terminology management