Interoperability with ICD-11

Oct 15, 2019

Electronic Health Record systems are designed to store data accurately and capture the state of a patient over time. This information is formatted by classification systems and reference terminologies which provide a uniform way of collecting and maintaining patient data.  

Introducing ICD-11! This the eleventh revision of the ICD code system designed by WHO for documenting diagnoses, diseases, signs and symptoms as well as social circumstances. The outstanding differences with this new system compared to its predecessor, ICD-10 are that, for the first time, it is completely electronic. It also features a more sophisticated code structure: with 55,000 codes for classifying diseases, disorders, causes of death. It also bolsters much more mental health terminology. 

ICD-11 is known to be more internationally accessible it has guidance for its uses for 43 different languages. Because more healthcare providers around the world will be able to use this application, and thus the global healthcare system will be bolstered. 

 It also fosters a more user-friendly format, which can be partially attributed to unprecedented involvement and collaboration with healthcare providers during its development. The new ICD also includes new chapters for example, one on traditional medicine, which is used around the world but has yet to be included in the system.  

This version of ICD was presented to the World Health Assembly in May 2019 for adoption by member states. It will come into full effect on 1 January 2022. ICD-11 has been designed to be used in multiple languages: a central translation platform ensures that its features and outputs are available in all translated languages, however, without proper mapping, this new code system will be quite difficult to integrate! This is just one more reason that semantic interoperability is integral to the inclusion of this new code system in healthcare sectors around the world. As more code systems such as ICD-11 are created, the need for interoperability platforms becomes integral. These code systems are developed in order to provide a standardized way to summarize and report data. But, because each code system is different, and with so many being used, there must be a way to integrate systems and provide real-time interoperability between code systems and thus between electronic health record systems. 

This is where HealthTerm excels. Our product works to create maps between local codes and these standard code systems to provide for clean, standardized data collection and transmission. This in turn allows health providers, health information exchanges, and health data analytics companies to leverage, transfer and evaluate properly standardized data. HealthTerm provides the bridge between terminologies and classification systems to provide the common medical language necessary for interoperability and the effective sharing of clinical data. When ICD-11 comes into effect, we here at CareCom will be on the forefront of incorporating this code system as we continue to grow the foundation of our software. 


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What is HealthTerm®?

HealthTerm® is a terminology platform, developed by CareCom over the last 15 years for the international healthcare sector.


How does HealthTerm® Work?

HealthTerm® handles all tasks related to terminologies, code systems and structured content – from creation of a new code system to translation of international code systems or mappings between local code lists and international standards.


What makes HealthTerm® Unique?

HealthTerm® is unique in having a full set of tools to create and maintain all types of code systems and at the same time, it has the performance/security to handle the biggest healthcare enterprises on run-time look-up.


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.

Chief Medical Officer, Orion Health
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“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.”

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‘…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.

The EU Commission
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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.

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“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.

The Norwegian Directorate of eHealth
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