What are Terminology Services?
First, we should define what terminology is:
noun: terminology; plural noun: terminologies
the body of terms used with a particular technical application in a subject of study, theory, profession, etc.
For our use, the ‘subject of study’ we are referring to is Clinical Terminology or:
a set of concepts and relationships that provide a common reference point for comparisons and aggregation of data about the entire health care process, recorded by multiple different individuals, systems, or institutions.
Second, let’s discuss why common clinical terminology is important? For example, in the world of healthcare there are a vast number of electronic health records (EHRs), clinical applications and analytic applications that all relate to data surrounding a patient record. The patient record may include conditions, results and encounters (to name a few). In this vast number of EHRs, also lives a vast number of ‘customizations’ that can be enabled for the systems. Some EHRs allow a clinical user to create a mnemonic code or shortcut to a common description of a problem or procedure. This is useful for a clinician, but may not be useful or relevant to another user outside the walls of the practice or organization. Another clinician may miss or misunderstand pertinent patient information because they don’t speak the same ‘language’ as the originating practice. Additionally, the practice or organization may miss some funding or reimbursement opportunities because the custom codes are recognized by funding/reimbursement authorities.
Terminology services allow an organization to map or crosswalk these custom codes to a standard terminology, such as ICD-10 or CPT® and help ensure proper billing, analytics and identifying Terminology services does not include managing these codes via a complicated group of spreadsheets and many hours of searching codes across multiple sources; but, it does include utilizing HealthTerm. HealthTerm is your single source of truth;ensure your local & custom codes, mapsets and subsets are housed and managed in one common location.
Orion is excited to announce our migration to HealthTerm. The flexibility combined with the high quality control of HealthTerm's tooling is by far the best the market offers today. We offer our customers a complete tooling package with everything from ease of use, maintenance of local code systems and mapping to a huge range of standard code systems based on international process standards with workflow control and process statistics. Additionally the software enables handling multi lingual processing on the fly, patient friendly and clinician friendly terms. Thousands of subset for customers to use in their applications come as standard e.g. for quality measure reporting (CQMs) and detailed support for semantic ontologies.
“HealthTerm® can be described as the link between applications and organizations in the healthcare system. It is one of the most advanced products within this specialized market. HealthTerm is a complete solution which can be used in any type of job where classifications and terminologies are essential. HealthTerm ensures consistency as all clinical and administrative systems collect codes from one source – and this in turn provides an increase in patient safety.”
‘…EU Commission: the epSOS project uses HealthTerm® as the 24/7 terminology webserver, where all the national translations and mappings are created using the mapping and translation modules. The final results of these endeavors now represents the epSOS Central Reference Terminology Server for all participating countries.
SHIEC is excited to have CareCom U.S. join the SB&T Partner program,” said Kelly Hoover Thompson, CEO of SHIEC. “SB&T Partners are selected based on their ability to bring unique, value-added solutions to o ur HIE community members. We know some of our members might struggle with a single source of truth for code systems and effective ways to map codes. CareCom U.S. provides the tools and expertise to support our members financial and operational goals. SHIEC looks forward to working with CareCom U.S.
“HealthTerm® is designed specifically for Clinical Master Data Management, and CareCom has answered all our requirements in a way that shows their experience and a wide knowledge and expertise in managing structured content. We are convinced that HealthTerm® will cover our needs for Clinical Master Data Management on both a short and long-term basis. Furthermore, CareCom will be a great advisor and sparring partner on future customized solutions.” says Alfhild Stokke, Program Manager, The Norwegian Directorate of eHealth.
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