Three recent initiatives from health information technology vendors directly affect hospitals:

* Healthland will integrate terminology management software into its inpatient and outpatient electronic health records system for community hospitals. The vendor is using the Language Engine platform of Health Language Inc. to embed ICD-10, SNOMED CT and other terminologies in the EHRs for access via a single platform. The combined technologies will enable mapping between ICD-9, ICD-10 and SNOMED CT; guiding physicians to specific billable codes in ICD-10, searching for problems and diagnosis using familiar clinical expressions, and moving problem list data into SNOMED-CT to aid in complying with Stage 2 electronic health records meaningful use, according to the vendors.

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