Terminology is core to everything in healthcare—from procedures to results to diagnoses. As healthcare organizations increasingly rely on information systems, agreeing on terminology usage and standards is critical to improving care, conducting analytics and other important initiatives.

Unfortunately, no single healthcare vocabulary or terminology can meet all the needs of those who use healthcare information. The variety in terminologies and the variability in how they are used has created an environment of data being trapped in silos. To improve healthcare delivery and research, terminology barriers need to be addressed.

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