Health Language launches new clinical terms for EMRs

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Health Language Inc. (HLI), a supplier of language engine (LE) technology for medical vocabulary, announced last week the SNOMED CT (Clinical Terms) Clinical Subset Module. This content provides HLI users with access to a comprehensive multilingual, medical specialty-specific clinical terminology for physicians for accessing and entering information into electronic medical records (EMRs).  
HLI’s Clinical Specialty Subsets comprise practical lists that organize medical specialty-specific terms into SNOMED CT, providing a common language for capturing, sharing and aggregating health data across specialties and facilities. The subsets meet clinical information standards and ensure the selection of SNOMED codes that can readily be mapped to HIPAA-compliant standards such as ICD-9-CM, the company said.
This new module allows HLI’s LE to instantly cross map SNOMED CT to ICD-9 and other HIPAA-mandated standards at the time of data entry for billing and coding, and should help speed payments and reduce claim denials. The LE’s ability to facilitate conversion of SNOMED CT and other medical terminology into codes and concepts also should help improve patient safety, decision support and data analysis, the company said.        
These subsets and all other terminologies HLI offers are updated on a regular basis. SNOMED CT provides clinician-friendly granular terminology and billable diagnostic and treatment service codes in the following medical specialties: allergy/immunology, anesthesiology, critical care, dermatology, endocrinology, family practice, gastroenterology, general surgery, gynecology, hematology, infectious disease, internal medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, obstetrics, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, psychiatry, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology.