MEDecision Inc., a provider of collaborative health management solutions, and Health Language Inc. (HLI), a medical terminology management company, announced that the companies have entered into a strategic partnership that will enable MEDecision to help its healthcare payer and provider customers transition to, comply with, and capitalize on the industry’s forthcoming ICD-10 requirements.
Under the agreement, MEDecision will incorporate HLI’s Language Engine (LE) into its collaborative health management portfolio to accelerate the transition to the ICD-10 coding system, which goes into effect on Oct.1, 2013. This will give payers and providers an increased level of coding specificity and enable them to boost the efficiency of care management processes and promote interoperability. The web service platform synergies between the companies’ technologies will allow for faster and easier integration with customers’ systems, regardless of their technology platform(s).
The arrangement with HLI demonstrates MEDecision’s continued commitment to collaboration, data integration and health information exchange. LE’s ability to collect data from disparate codes and vocabularies, convert it into standard terminologies and codes, and deliver it to a variety of platforms enhances the interoperability approach inherent in the design of MEDecision’s solutions. Additionally, LE’s mapping capability and web service integration will hasten the crosswalk from ICD-9 to ICD-10 and streamline integration through existing translations, HLI’s provider friendly terminology and customized mapping when necessary.