Health Information Exchanges make it possible to share health information. Apelon makes that information meaningful with standard terminologies.
Mapping -- if locally collected lab results, medication orders, allergy info and other key patient data points are connected a standard terminology, then every health information exchange participant gets maximum value. If the goal is to reduce duplicate care, it's imperative to know what care has already been delivered. If the goal is to identify high-risk or high-utilization patients, you need to identify conditions and usage patterns across the entire health system. One way is to simply memorize every datum on every patient, and of course every idiosyncratic turn of phrase used in every record. Another way is to create a targeted mapping from local codes to standards. If you think that might be easier, Apelon offers tools and services ranging from assistance with legacy spreadsheet catalogs (take a look at TermWorks), to TermManager, a Web-based mapping system for small and midsize projects to facilitation of your high-volume real-time mappings using Symedical.
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While there are many mappings available, there's no single "right" mapping for all uses, because the terminologies reflect the flexibility of the language, and different words are appropriate in different contexts. Apelon's professional services team can help guide you through the process of selecting and implementing a prebuilt mapping, as well as to customize that map to meet your needs.
Of course, we also have a team of clinical informatics professionals... pharmacists, medical technologists, physicians, and more... who can do the mapping for you.