Apelon Provides Guidance to Create More Effective Healthcare Data Mapping

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Widespread Access to Healthcare Vocabulary Standards Helps Improve Care, But Process can be More Complex than Perceived

Executives From Leading Terminology Vendor Apelon To Provide Guidance For Creating More Effective Healthcare Data Mapping At Upcoming Interconnected Health Conference

Apelon, Inc., a leading provider of terminology and data interoperability solutions, today announced that senior vice president Jack Bowie and vice president John Carter will speak with administrators, clinicians, systems architects, health informaticists, and software developers at the InterConnected Health Conference, April 2-4, in Chicago. The goal of the presentation is to help attendees identify the potential “harms” of data mapping if not approached carefully, and to provide guidance and best practices to effectively define, develop and deploy healthcare data maps.

Terminology mapping is a common informatics technique used to “translate” clinical data from one format to another. It is typically deployed in integrated health networks, health information exchanges (HIEs), and other similar environments to assure that health data input at different locations by different clinicians and other healthcare workers is semantically interoperable. However, mapping to or across terminology standards is not a simple, straightforward activity, and it is difficult, sometimes impossible, to achieve true “equivalence” between the elements of any two code systems.

During their presentation entitled “Mappings Considered Harmful,” Bowie and Carter will describe the pitfalls of some data mapping procedures and present proven map design and deployment principles. By using a methodology based on well-defined use cases and proven map design principles, users will have reliable mappings that improve quality measures, outcomes analysis, and public health reporting.

Who: Jack Bowie, ScD. senior vice president, and John S. Carter, vice president, Apelon, Ridgefield, CT. Dr. Bowie and Mr. Carter will describe the clinical foundations of terminology mapping and how these foundations apply in practical interoperability efforts. They are recognized experts in vocabulary technology, having served on numerous heath data standards committees and having assisted many public and private healthcare organizations with creating, deploying and maintaining clinical data maps.

What: The InterConnected Health Conference, an annual event targeted to C-suite and senior leaders within healthcare organizations, will explore best practices for interconnected healthcare, information sharing, service-oriented architecture, enterprise architecture, business process management, and interoperability. It will also examine approaches, challenges, and solutions affecting the ability to connect health organizations and systems, and the role of IT as an enabler in achieving this connectivity.

Where: Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont, Ill.

When: Monday, April 2 from 1:45 – 2:15 p.m.

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