How to Use Standardized Healthcare Terminologies to
Meet Your Quality Care Goals

How to Use Standard Healthcare Terminologies to Meet Your Quality Care Goals

This white paper is intended to help HIM professionals better understand the standard terminologies needed to meet the increasing need for semantic interoperability to cross the quality chasm. We discuss the common standard code sets used in the clinical setting, and the history, governing bodies, and maintenance of those standards as well as when you should use them (and when you shouldn’t) to help you organize and manage data throughout your organization.

The standards to be addressed cover administrative data, code sets used in revenue cycle management (ICD and CPT®), LOINC®, SNOMED CT, and RxNorm. Once you understand the basics of terminology, you will be well on your way to an understanding of semantic interoperability.

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