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NLP: Unlocking the potential of unstructured text in healthcare

Hospitals and health systems are sitting on a wealth of patient information that has potential to transform care delivery. Yet analytics infrastructures designed to fuel performance improvement have traditionally overlooked much of that data because it resides in health IT systems as unstructured free text. The industry has made notable inroads with structured patient data […]

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Maximizing MIPS Reimbursement

Laying the Right Foundation for Data Management In the first edition of this two-part series covering MACRA and MIPS, we provided an overview of MIPS and its impact on terminology management and quality reporting. Part 2 will discuss why terminology management is critical to maximizing reimbursement under the new rule. The stakes for quality and cost performance […]

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Central Cancer Registries: Ensuring the EHR Meets MU2 Requirements

The ability of public health organizations to efficiently track and monitor cancer cases via registries is critical to the national effort to reduce morbidity and mortality rates. That’s why, in 1992, Congress mandated that individual states establish central cancer registries (CCRs) to capture diagnostic, treatment and outcomes data for every cancer patient living in the […]

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Understanding HL7 and its Fit with Meaningful Use

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 […]

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National Library of Medicine and Meaningful Use

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 […]

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LOINC and Meaningful Use

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. In the simplest of terms, Meaningful Use is a set of baseline […]

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SNOMED: What it is and Why it was Added to Stage 2 Meaningful Use

For many years providers have been doing a good job of summarizing their patients’ current and relevant medical conditions on a “problem list”.  Typically this list is located within the first page of a patient’s chart, ideally enabling the medical provider to quickly assess the current and past medical issues of the patient.  While the […]

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