As Kaiser Permanente built its common, enterprisewide electronic health records system, it also developed its own common medical vocabulary, called the Convergent Medical Terminology, to standardize documentation of care. Now, Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser is donating the terminology, known as CMT, for free distribution to software developers and providers.

CMT includes more than 75,000 concepts. It is incorporated in the underlying architecture of Kaiser's health-IT systems to support data flow between health care providers.  It provides uniform concept definitions so that systems used for labs, vaccines, observations, and other medical data can communicate with each other in a common language, making data transferable between Kaiser-Permanente systems and among care teams.

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