Health Language Blog

Empowering the Patient: Big Data and the Rise of DIY Healthcare

Posted on 05/06/13 | Comments

A tsunami of big data, and the evolving methods of making all that data meaningful and useful, has huge potential for changing the way we deliver and consume healthcare services.


Topics: ICD-10, medical terminology management, Healthcare interoperability

Understanding HL7 and its Fit with Meaningful Use

Posted on 03/01/13 | Comments


While Meaningful Use is on everyone’s mind, semantic interoperability may be an unfamiliar concept. Semantic interoperability, medical vocabulary, Meaningful Use, LOINC ®, and HL7 might seem even more of an alphabet soup.  How do all these pieces fit together and how does it help my organization?

Healthcare is complex. The ability to exchange diverse clinical information generated during delivery of healthcare is essential to ensuring continuity of care and patient safety.  Electronic exchange of information can occur

  • between providers
  • between providers and patients
  • between organizations
  • between care settings


Topics: Meaningful use, Medical vocabulary, LOINC, HL7, Healthcare interoperability