HealthTrio integrates SNOMED RT into Web-based clinical communications platform

Northfield 05 December 2001HealthTrio, a Nashville-based e-health service provider has licensed SNOMED RT, a concept-based reference terminology for use in its HealthTrio connect Web-based software solution. In support of HealthTrio's mission to provide real time on-line communication between health plans, physicians, members, and employers, SNOMED RT provides the capability to standardise communication so that medical information can be more accessible and usable wherever and whenever it is needed, despite differences in information systems and variations in language.

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HealthTrio uses SNOMED RT to encode clinical content residing in a patient's medical record which is then shared among physicians, patients, and other health care stakeholders using HealthTrio connect. SNOMED RT is the core terminology within Cyber+LE, a language engine developed by Health Language Inc. which is also used by HealthTrio.

"Standardising patient information with SNOMED RT ensures that both the provider and the health plan can communicate effectively with one another", stated Ralph A. Korpman, M.D., co-founder and CEO of HealthTrio. "By facilitating better communication throughout the health care system, HealthTrio is enabling all parties to get the appropriate information they need, at the appropriate time they need it."

HealthTrio adopted SNOMED RT with the intention to migrate to SNOMED CT, the next generation work of terminology, when it becomes commercially available in 2002. "We applaud HealthTrio as an industry leader recognising structured clinical terminology like SNOMED RT as a critical component in successfully implementing electronic patient records and sharing information among health plans, members, employers and the caregivers serving these constituencies", commented Diane J. Aschman, MS RPh, COO of SNOMED International, a division of the College of the American Pathologists.

SNOMED International is committed to the excellence of patient care through the development of a scientifically validated reference terminology which enables clinicians, researchers, and patients to share common concepts worldwide, across clinical specialities and sites of care. The College of American Pathologists is a not-for-profit medical society serving nearly 16.000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world.

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, HealthTrio provides e-health applications and core business administration systems to the managed care industry. The company enables health plans to reduce administrative costs and strengthen constituent relations by facilitating the exchange of patient and administrative data via a secure Internet infrastructure. More news on HealthTrio is available in the VMW October 2001 article HealthTrio installs core administrative system at Cascade East Health Plans and outsources its solution through Zebec.


Leslie Versweyveld

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