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Title of Collaborative Activity:

Mapping of the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine-Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) and International Classification of Disease (ICD) Clinical Terminology

Description of Collaborative Activity:

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has set a goal for the nationwide implementation of an interoperable health information technology infrastructure to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare. Achieving this goal will require that key clinical data elements are captured or recorded in detailed, standardized form (using standard vocabularies, codes, and formats) as close to their original sources (patients, healthcare providers, laboratories, diagnostic devices, etc.) as possible. If these standardized clinical data can also be used to generate HIPAA- compliant billing transactions automatically, this will provide another incentive for adoption of clinical data standards. For the automated generation of bills from clinical data to become a reality, robust mappings from standard clinical terminologies to the HIPAA code sets must be created. To support the transition to ICD-10-CM in 2015, a map from SNOMED CT to ICD-10-CM is being created.

Type of Collaborative Activity:

Resource Development

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