Healthland Partners with Health Language, Inc. to Support ICD-10 Readiness and Terminology Standardization in Rural Hospitals

Provider-friendly terminology platform to reduce burden on physicians during ICD-10 transition, and streamline diagnosis and problem list lookup

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Health Language, Inc. (HLI), the global leader in healthcare terminology management, today announced that Healthland, America’s market leader of healthcare information technology solutions for rural hospitals, has selected its Language Engine (LE) and provider-friendly terminology (PFT) to enhance documentation and physician workflow in critical access and community hospitals.

Healthland will integrate these tools with its inpatient and outpatient electronic health record (EHR) systems to support terminologies such as SNOMED CT and ICD-10 on a single platform. PFT enhances the clinical workflow by recognizing common clinical expressions, acronyms, and search terms and automatically associating them with standard codes sets, while the LE incorporates algorithms for searching, mapping and updating codes. Together, these solutions ease the transition to ICD-10, simplify problem lists and diagnosis searches, and support Meaningful Use standards.

“We are energized by our partnership with HLI and feel it reinforces our commitment to ensuring that our customers have the tools they need to meet industry regulations and enhance patient care,” said Michael Karaman, senior vice president for product of Healthland. “The tight integration of HLI’s tools within our EHR solutions not only supports legislative standards like Meaningful Use and ICD-10, but enhances and simplifies the physician’s overall experience with the patient record.”

As a result of this partnership, Healthland provider customers will be able to:

  • Search for problems and diagnoses using familiar clinical expressions;
  • Map seamlessly between ICD-9, SNOMED CT, and ICD-10;
  • Transition problem list data into SNOMED CT, as required by Meaningful Use Stage 2 regulations; and
  • Guide physicians to specific, billable codes within ICD-10.

“Industry regulations and new care models will most significantly impact organizations that lack the technological and financial resources to adapt to these changes,” said George Schwend, CEO and president of HLI. “Our partnership with Healthland is a strong example of how small and community hospitals can tackle upcoming challenges, position themselves for competitive growth and obtain more value from their EHR systems.”

About Healthland

Healthland is America’s largest provider of fully integrated solutions to rural community and critical access hospitals, serving more than 500 clients across the country. Software and services from Healthland, including its electronic health record (EHR) solution, empower community hospitals to deliver the best possible healthcare by providing a central repository of patient information in all care settings, be it a hospital, clinic or extended care facility.

With more than 30 years of experience in the rural healthcare market, Healthland solutions are uniquely suited to the size and needs of rural hospitals, enabling them to focus on what they do best – care for family, friends and neighbors. The organization currently has offices in its founding city of Glenwood, Minn., population 2,600, as well as its headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn. More information is available at: http://www.healthland.com.

About Health Language, Inc.

Denver-based Health Language, Inc. (HLI) develops and delivers state-of-the-art software solutions that automatically incorporate medical vocabulary and coding standards into healthcare information technology applications. HLI’s Language Engine (LE) allows centralized access to medical terminology standards and generates mappings to create a common pool of standardized codes and concepts that enhance patient safety, facilitate clinical outcomes analysis and accelerate reimbursement. It also provides standards for modeling, storing, updating and distributing information consistently for interoperability between hospitals, regions and countries. For more information, visit www.healthlanguage.com or call 720.940.2900.

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Source: Health Language, Inc.