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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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Unspecified Codes: Know Your Financial Exposure

Three Must-take Steps to Minimize Risk On October 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wrapped up its one-year grace period for allowing the use of unspecified codes without consequence. The governing body also rolled out its first update to the coding system in four years, including a mammoth 6,000 new codes. […]

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Is Your Patient Communication Getting Lost in Translation?

Patients are demanding better insights and transparency into their care. They want to be empowered in their decision-making through better information about everything from diagnoses and care plans to quality ratings and cost.[i] Providers and payers understand current market drivers creating the need for better patient experiences. In essence, higher engagement equates to lower costs.[ii] For […]

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The Importance of Standardized Healthcare Terminology

In our previous blog, we discussed the importance of leveraging administrative data for better quality assessment. As the wrap-up to this standards blog series, I want to look back at Crossing the Quality Chasm as a foundational work for improving the quality of healthcare delivery. This paper called not only for better quality but also for a reduction […]

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Leveraging Administrative Data for Better Quality Assessment

The Role of Data Collection Standards for Race, Ethnicity, Sex, Primary Language, and Disability Status In this installment of our Terminology Standards series, we will explore the growing need for accurate tracking of patient demographics, evolving industry standards, and additional best practice steps for ensuring data is complete. At a high level, healthcare industry movements aim […]

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RxNorm: Addressing Medication Information Exchange

Part Three of our Terminology Standards series introduced LOINC as the standard of choice for exchangeof laboratory and clinical information. This fourth blog introduces RxNorm as the foundation for accurate exchange of medication and prescription information. Health information exchange is a multifaceted undertaking that encompasses the introduction and adoption of a variety of industry standards […]

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LOINC: A Better Path to Laboratory Data Exchange

Part Three of our Terminology Standards series we introduced SNOMED CT as a comprehensive standard for exchanging clinical content in an accurate, meaningful way. In this installment, we explore use of LOINC for exchange of laboratory and clinical information. Value-based care models demand more collaborative care delivery built on the timely sharing of critical patient information, such as labs, vital […]

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SNOMED CT: Why it matters to you

In Part One of our Terminology Standards blog series, we introduced the goal of using industry standards to achieve semantic interoperability and promote better information sharing. The second blog tackled coding and billing standards. This third installment describes the importance of SNOMED CT as the foundation for standardizing clinical content in EHRs. By now, most healthcare organizations recognize […]

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The Role of Healthcare Data Governance in Big Data Analytics

On Friday last week, the online news publication HealthITAnalytics.com published a feature story about the importance of data governance, “The Role of Healthcare Data Governance in Big Data Analytics.” The author, Jennifer Bresnick, does an excellent job of explaining what data governance is, how it differs from information governance, and why healthcare IT professionals need to take a […]

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Medical Billing and Coding: Exciting Changes Ahead

It’s an interesting time to be in healthcare, especially medical billing and coding! Over the next few years we will see major changes that will help us spend our healthcare dollars more wisely, and keep people healthier. These changes will have a profound impact on patients’ and physicians’ daily lives. Let’s take a look at some of the […]

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