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National Library of Medicine wants health care organizations to test drive Medical mapping tool

Posted Nov 24 2009 10:00pm

The National Library of Medicine wants health care organizations and vendors to test drive its new mapping tool that covers 5,000 standardized clinical terms , to create a standard medical vocabulary to support applications for electronic health records

The Obama administration is distributing more than $19 billion in payments to doctors and hospitals that buy and use digital record systems for patients.

The library released a draft mapping tool that links terms from the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine-Clinical Terms (SNOMED-CT) to the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9). The SNOMED-CT is the terminology used for clinical purposes, while the ICD-9 has terms used for billing and administrative support.

The map was designed with help from SNOMED-CT terms most often used by Kaiser Permanente and the University of Nebraska, to support semi-automated administrative reporting and reimbursement for health care services.

The library wants users to “test drive”’ the map from Dec. 1 through Feb. 1, 2010, and to provide feedback to guide developing related maps. The related maps include mapping of SNOMED-CT to the ICD-Tenth revision, Clinical Modification and Procedure Coding System.

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