Succeeding with electronic health records meaningful use means using standard vocabularies--seven to be specific. They include ICD-10-PCS, SNOMED CT, CCD, clinical and dental HCPCS, RxNorm and LOINC.
But different vocabularies may use different names for the same medicine or condition and a big push in meaningful use is standardized data, says Tomasz Adamusiak, M.D., an informaticist and senior scientist at the Human and Molecular Genetics Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Consequently, there is a need for semantic interoperability and that is the focus of a roundtable session at HIMSS14 in Orlando.
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