Health Language Blog

Health Language (June) “Did You Know?”

Posted on 06/30/13 | Comments



We are excited to announce the launch of a new blog series called “Did You Know?” that will include one post each month on an interesting fact that you might not know about clinical terminology management, standardized vocabularies, industry regulations and more!


Topics: ICD-10, Medical vocabulary, ICD-10 Transition, ICD-9 to ICD-10, clinical terminology management, ICD-10 implementation, Standardized vocabularies, Dr. Brian Levy

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

National Library of Medicine and Meaningful Use

Posted on 02/21/13 | Comments

Meaningful Use and the impending ICD-10 implementation is all the buzz!  Understanding terminology management for SNOMED-CT, ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS leaves many folks with their heads spinning.  What does this all mean?  Is there a one stop shopping to help me (save me)?  The good news is that there are resources available. The not so good news is that availability does not necessarily equal ease of use.


Topics: Meaningful use, ICD-10, Standard terminologies, Medical vocabulary

LOINC and Meaningful Use

Posted on 02/12/13 | Comments

Under the terms of the Health Information Technology (HITECH) Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide incentive payments to health care providers who adopt certified electronic health record technology and use it to demonstrate meaningful use of that technology.


Topics: Standard terminologies, Medical vocabulary, LOINC, Meaningful use stage 2, Meaningful use requirements