Health IT Standards Committee Adopts Standard Vocabulary

As reported in Government Health IT, the Health IT Standards Committee endorsed a single set of vocabulary standards for each area of quality reporting measures. The recommendations to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) are for the EHR certification process for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use. Up until this point, ONC has provided options for some vocabulary standards in an effort to preserve choice. However, the lack of a single standard resulted in EHR products having to support every variation.

The Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine-Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) will be used for medical vocabulary in EHRs and for exchanging health information. The Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) will be used for laboratory identifiers. RxNorm, produced by the National Library of Medicine, will be used for drugs and drug delivery devices.

This post is the personal opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the American College of Physicians (ACP). ACP does not endorse a specific EHR brand or product and ACP makes no representations, warranties, or assurances as to the accuracy or completeness of the information provided herein.

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