HLI and Clinithink Showcase Language Processing Tool at HIMSS

DENVER – February 16, 2012 – Health Language, Inc. (HLI), the global leader in medical terminology management, today announced a proof-of-concept collaboration project with Clinithink, Ltd, a natural language processing specialist organization.

The dual-engine tool identifies critical patient data found in provider notes and maps the free-text to standardized code sets, allowing physicians to maintain their standards of practice while accurately integrating patient data into healthcare systems. The solution will be showcased at HLI booth 466 during exhibit hours at HIMSS 2012.

“We are extremely pleased to work with HLI and delighted that our collaboration has produced a system with such unique capabilities in such a short timeframe,” said Dr. Chris Tackaberry, CEO of Clinithink. “We strongly believe that the integrated offering points to healthcare’s future where the crucial granularity and intricacies of patients’ stories are extracted, understood and perpetuated in a meaningful and re-purposable way.”

The solution combines HLI’s Language Engine (LE) and Clinithink’s specialist Clinical Language Indexing (CLiX) engine. The CLiX engine breaks down narrative text into SNOMED CT codes that are then processed by the LE and translated into other code sets, such as ICD-10. As a result of the dual-engine solution, healthcare providers will be able to:

  • Better support Meaningful Use standards by coding to SNOMED CT;
  • Transition to ICD-10 code standards in order to receive accurate reimbursements from payers;
  • Use Computer Assisted Coding to find the most specific ICD-10 code based on other pertinent information in the text;
  • Provide physicians with a free-form environment in which to work;
  • Improve administrative efficiency and workflow.

“We have enjoyed collaborating with Clinithink on this new proof-of-concept exercise and see this as a revolutionary approach as it applies to healthcare data analysis and integration,” said George Schwend, CEO and president of HLI. “With this solution in place, physicians can continue to work in the fashion they prefer without jeopardizing patient data integrity, integration or analysis as health systems move toward achieving Meaningful Use and ICD-10 conversion.”

Based on industry demand demonstrated at HIMSS, HLI and Clinithink will move forward with full development of the dual-engine solution in 2012.