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Common medical terminology comes of age, Part One: Standard language improves healthcare quality.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11642147     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
It has become abundantly clear that standards of recording clinical terms in human-readable, computer-processable format are indispensable. Controlled medical terminology is the missing link in health information standards (in fact, medical terminology can be viewed as the mother of all standards); its absence interferes with the business of healthcare and impedes the core processes of healing and maintaining health. Medicine has lacked the controlled common medical vocabulary that would enable universal sharing of data at the point of care and ensure reliable information for determining health intervention effectiveness. Simple clinical and code content alone has proven insufficient for healthcare enterprises to successfully manage the terminology problem; the "lexical runtime engine," formerly called a vocabulary server (VOSER), which manages the vocabulary ontology and serves up the relevant vocabulary to users of applications in the clinical environment, has recently become a reality.
J S Rose; B J Fisch; W R Hogan; B Levy; P Marshal; D R Thomas; D Kirkley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of healthcare information management : JHIM     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1099-811X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Healthc Inf Manag     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-10-19     Completed Date:  2001-12-04     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9815773     Medline TA:  J Healthc Inf Manag     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  307-18     Citation Subset:  H    
Health Language, Inc., Aurora, Colorado, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Database Management Systems*
Information Storage and Retrieval
Medical Informatics Applications*
Medical Records Systems, Computerized*
Quality Assurance, Health Care
Software Design
Terminology as Topic*
Vocabulary, Controlled*

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