Denver, Colo.-based Health Language Inc. (HLI), a medical terminology management company, and HCL Technologies (Sunnyvale, Calif.), one of the leading global IT services providers, announced a partnership that will utilize HLI's Language Engine as part of HCL's end-to-end ICD-10 conversion solution, which encompasses gap assessment, conversion roadmap, remediation, testing, deployment, and training. This combined service offering will enable hospitals and health systems, payors and independent software vendors (ISVs) to meet the Oct. 1, 2013 deadline for conversion of legacy coding systems from ICD-9 to ICD-10, as required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
HLI's scalable Language Engine integrates and manages the latest medical terminologies within healthcare applications to enable effective and interoperable use of accurate clinical information, administrative codes, and consumer friendly terminology. It provides access to current versions of more than 100 clinical and administrative code sets including SNOMED CT, ICD-9 and ICD-10, LOINC, CPT, RxNorm, HCPCS, and others, and allows incorporation and mapping of local content to standards.
HCL, which is currently working with hospital systems, payors and healthcare product vendors to facilitate transition to the new standard, will employ the HLI Language Engine in the remediation phase of its complete ICD-10 conversion solution. The companies expect the partnership to benefit mutual customers by laying the groundwork for future clinical and administrative technology initiatives that go beyond the government mandate.