Sep10

Exchanging Standards-Based Laboratory Data in the Era of Coordinated Care

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

As the Affordable Care Act goes into full swing this week, it's clearer than ever that we must find new ways to coordinate care. One important step in that direction is the ability to exchange accurate clinical information. Health information exchange lowers costs and can reduce hospital admissions (see this article for the evidence: http://bit.ly/18ym1tz).

In particular, if we could exchange standardized information about laboratory results, we could save money and improve outcomes across the entire healthcare system.

Apelon's 20-year history of designing and building clinical terminology tools led us to develop a cost-effective service helping healthcare organizations convert their legacy codes to standards. We've mapped local lab catalogs to the LOINCstandard for public and private hospitals from Rhode Island to California, and our mapping software has been deployed worldwide inside our partners' EMR and HIE platforms. One of our customers just used our lab mappings in a pilot project to increase compliance with notifiable condition reporting, as written up in this article: http://bit.ly/1a3dhuR .

If you need to exchange information using standards such as LOINC but don't know where to begin, we have a variety of software tools and services ranging from do-it-yourself to turnkey mapping packages. We would be happy to set up a demonstration of our mapping tools and discuss how we can assist with your project. Contact Us to learn more about how Apelon can help you take advantage of standards-based data exchange.

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John Carter