NLM's Value Set Authority Center

Written by // John Carter Monday, December 28, 2015

The Latest in a Long Line of Terminology Initiatives

NLM's Value Set Authority Center

In this post, I'll review the history behind value sets' turn in the health information technology spotlight and describe the NLM's VSAC, a great and growing resource for caregivers who use controlled vocabularies in applications and the developers and terminologists working behind the scenes.


Proposed MedDRA Changes

Written by // John Carter Thursday, September 10, 2015

Comments due by September 25

Proposed MedDRA Changes

The MedDRA Maintenance and Support Services Organization seeks user community feedback on a series of proposed changes to be included in an upcoming release. You can get more information about the changes by downloading


Health Level 7 Letter to the US Senate

Written by // John Carter Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Interoperable Electronic Health Records

Health Level 7 Letter to the US Senate

Yesterday, Health Level 7 sent a letter to the US Senate HELP Committee, which is thinking about interoperable electronic health records.


July 2015 SNOMED CT and SNOMED-CPT Mappings for DTS 3.5

Subscription Customer Download Files Available Now

The latest edition of SNOMED CT and the SNOMED-CPT Mappings are available for Apelon Content Subscription customers who are still using DTS 3.5.2. 


See you at HIMSS AsiaPac

Singapore, September 6-10, 2015

Will you be attending the HIMSS AsiaPac and Digital Health Week meetings in Singapore next month? We will... so let's meet up... Drop us a line at See you in Singapore!


Announcing Apelon’s Reformatted MedDRA Data for DTS

Written by // John Carter Thursday, August 27, 2015

More terms and relationships in new approach

MedDRA hierarchy in the Apelon DTS Editor

Looking at MedDRA as a terminologist, I see some things I really like and some things I wish were different. We just overhauled the way we represent MedDRA in DTS, and the new schema helps DTS users take advantage of the good parts and more easily work around the rest.


Better Data For Better Mapping

Written by // John Carter Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Clean data makes for better mappings

Most departmental and enterprise electronic medical records operate with local, homegrown vocabularies, but as deadlines for exchanging information between healthcare providers grow closer, standardizing and mapping  local data sets using national standard terminologies becomes increasingly important, and taking steps to "clean up" local data will improve the quality and efficiency of the terminology mapping.


Pharmacologic Class Work Group Honored by FDA

Written by // John Carter Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Terminology team makes sure drug classification is accurate and comprehensive

The Pharmacologic Class Work Group will be recognized at the 55th Annual FDA Honor Awards Ceremony with the FDA Commissioner's Special Citation. This award recognizes significant contribution or achievement that leads to improvements in service, programs, and/or communication for FDA.


e-Health 2015, May 31 -- June 3, Toronto

Written by // John Carter Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Apelon will be exhibiting at Canada's premier health IT conference

Again this year, Apelon will be exhibiting at e-Health, Canada’s premier health information technology conference, held this year at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from May 31 to June 3.


Yet another terminology server

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Will this tool get past beta?

Our friends at West Coast Informatics recently announced their foray into the increasingy crowded landscape of entry-level terminology servers.


FHIR Connectathon in Paris

Because Terminology Matters

Apelon is looking forward to participating in the FHIR Connectathon to be held in conjunction with the upcoming HL7 Working Group Meeting in Paris.


Congratulations Betsy Humphreys!

Written by // John Carter

Acting Director at NLM

Apelon congratulates Betsy Humphreys on her appointment as Acting Director of the National Library of Medicine.