Symmunity Content Bulletin

Welcome to the Symmunity Content Bulletin, a place where we share our insights and expertise about topics related to standard terminologies, value sets, curated clinical content, and much more that can be found in Symedical®.

Monkeypox LOINC Codes Transition from Pre-release to Official Release

With the urgency surrounding monkeypox, the CDC has published a list of suggested LOINC codes to use when testing patients for the monkeypox virus which can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/lab-personnel/report-results.html. Nine of the 10 LOINC ...
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The Semantic Tag Attribute Clarifies the Meaning of SNOMED CT Concepts

SNOMED CT addresses diagnoses, findings, procedures, pharmaceutical products, specimens, and many other clinical concepts across its 19 top-level (root) concepts. In addition to root concepts, SNOMED CT provides a Semantic Tag attribute that indicates the ...
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Monkeypox Value Sets

The World Health Organization declared Monkeypox to be a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) on July 23, 2022. The PHEIC prioritizes international detection, reporting and response to public health issues, and current declarations ...
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LOINC “Special Use” Prerelease Terms

If you’ve recently dealt with LOINC terms related to SARS-CoV-2 or Monkeypox virus, chances are that you’ve come across LOINC prerelease terms—these are concepts that have not yet been published in an official LOINC release ...
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ICD-10: Important Dates to Know

You may know that ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes are updated twice a year and are effective April 1 and October 1 each year. Updated terms are released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ...
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How Many Ingredients are in an RxNorm Term?

Clinical Architecture distributes third party terminologies like RxNorm through the Symedical Subscription Portal. In addition to faithfully representing the codes, descriptions, attributes, and other information, sometimes Clinical Architecture supplements the content with more information that ...
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Should You Still Care About ICD-9-CM?

In the U.S., patient diagnosis codes were recorded via the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Version, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) for more than 30 years until the transition to ICD-10-CM in 2015. However, ICD-9 CM codes ...
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Disambiguating LOINC Parts

If you’ve ever attempted to subset LOINC, you may have attempted to use LOINC Parts and noticed that there are lexically duplicate terms. However, the TYPE attribute and relationships that are associated with the LOINC ...
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Drug Classes: What’s in a Name?

Did you know that there are many different methods of naming drug classes? Some drug classes are named based on their mechanism of action. For example, ACE inhibitors block angiotensin-converting enzyme receptors, and beta-blockers block ...
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What is USCDI?

The United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI) is a standardized set of health data classes and constituent data elements for interoperable exchange of patient health data. Maintained and updated by the Office of the ...
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The Gravity Project Value Sets

The Gravity Project defines social determinants of health (SDOH) information so it can be documented in and exchanged across disparate digital health and human service platforms. It seeks to identify coded data elements and associated value ...
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Introduction to Symedical Content

If you’ve used Symedical, you probably know that there is a Subscription Portal where you can fetch a lot of useful content. Did you know that Clinical Architecture has 2 teams who collaborate to make ...
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