From manual terminology management to optimized data governance

With 650+ annual healthcare content updates released by standards bodies (such as SNOMED, LOINC, AMA, and CMS), maintaining healthcare data is burdensome and highly resource-intensive. Manual, DIY processes made up of spreadsheets and cumbersome workflows often result in a breakdown between health plans, providers, and patients, leading to inaccurate enterprise data, inefficient workflows, and financial losses. Coding teams can address these challenges with a streamlined clinical terminology management solution.

Manual Terminology Management

Cumbersome and resource-intensive workflows 

  • Retrieve code set releases manually from various sources (UMLS, standards bodies)
  • Multiple engineers are required to distribute, format, analyze, configure, review, and approve changes
  • High-value engineer resources spend weeks analyzing code set updates before implementation
  • No reliable history or visibility into changes made
  • Manage data in multiple formats, depending on the source

Health Language Data Interoperability

Simplified data governance and clinical terminology management

  • Single source of terminology truth for thousands of code updates per year
  • Health Language clinical terminologists quickly adopt and enrich new codes in the system for clients
  • Reduced administrative costs and 90% reduction in time to process code set updates
  • Simplified compliance through streamlined version control history and change logs, with a 75% efficiency improvement rate
  • Feed systems through API or export all terminologies in one, easy-to-use format
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Health Language delivers streamlined data governance for a 2M+ member health plan 

Learn how this health plan resolved their data governance challenges, optimized workflow and processes and improved staff collaboration and accountability.


Reduction in time to process updates. In one case, the pilot program cut processing time from 6-8 weeks to just a few hours.


Efficiency improvement by simplifying the number of ways business teams were updating code sets from 12 down to 3.

Adhere to 21st Century Cures Act requirements for USCDI standards

Tens of thousands of ICD-10 codes are released every year around the end of June and go into effect on October 1st. Starting in 2023, an update will also be released annually that is effective April 1st. Hundreds of employees spend most of their time during these periods analyzing code changes. After analysis, little time is left for configuration, which can lead to incomplete code groups and substantial financial losses.

Data interoperability workflow diagram

Health Language employs a team of clinical coding experts who are entirely focused on monitoring activity from the standards bodies in order to quickly take action ensuring our clients have access to the latest codes as quickly as possible.

Once the updates are released, our team goes to work to first analyze the changes, then take action on making updates – adding new synonyms, attributes, maps, and refinements, before releasing the new content to your organization, giving you the appropriate time to review and QA before the required go-live date.

Resources for clinical terminology management

Efficiently monitor clinical terminology changes and rationale

Updating codes and code groups can impact multiple departments, ranging from claims processing and care management, to analytics for digital and population health and analytics.

With so many different team members relying on this information and data, it is important to know when and why changes were made. Traditional, manual methods don’t have an easy, efficient, or fail-proof way to track those changes or see a history of changes over time. Health Language solutions offers the ability to review all code changes, the context and the rationale behind the change - therefore eliminating the common issue of any one individual having “tribal knowledge” of code set updates throughout time.

Improve your clinical terminology management processes with Health Language solutions

The Health Language Data Platform enables healthcare organizations to streamline code updates leveraging: 

Up to date content

Access a single source of truth for all updated standard reference data, as well as all terminology-related maps, value sets, and code sets through a web-based content portal.


Multi-purpose applications

Leverage easy to use modules to search, model, map, and group data into code groups and value sets to inform enterprise initiatives.


Flexible integration options

Integrate into your existing data warehouse or analytics platforms by utilizing a suite of cloud-based APIs, which complements current IT and infrastructure investments.

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Leverage support from a team of clinical terminology experts

The Health Language expert solution suites are supported by a team of clinical terminology experts consisting of medical informaticists, certified coders, pharmacists, and PhDs with more than 300 years of combined industry experience.

Whether your organization needs help refining code set relationships, creating attributes and maps, or developing provider-friendly terms and consumer-friendly descriptions for code updates, our team is ready to help.

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