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MedicAlert Foundation International and CAP STS Collaborate to Standardize Emergency Medical Information
Date:10/7/2009

Health Care IT Advancement: Interoperable Data and Its Role in Saving Lives

Turlock, CA and Northfield, IL (Vocus) October 7, 2009 -- In an effort to advance health information interoperability, MedicAlert® Foundation International and SNOMED Terminology Solutions™ (STS) are working together to standardize the health information in the MedicAlert Emergency Medical Information Record (EMIR), making it easier for consumers to connect their emergency medical information to other health information applications currently available on the Microsoft® HealthVault™ Platform.

Health information interoperability and electronic health records (EHRs) adoption are key components of U.S. healthcare reform initiatives, included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), to move toward a nationwide interoperable health information technology (HIT) system.

The MedicAlert® EMIR that will serve as the emergency information component of an EHR, is a secure, central repository of medical information and provides critical information in combination with MedicAlert's 24-hour emergency response service.

SNOMED Clinical Terms® (SNOMED CT®)--a globally recognized controlled medical vocabulary--will serve as the standard healthcare terminology within the system's backbone. Terminology including conditions, allergies, immunizations, and medical devices will be mapped to SNOMED CT. MedicAlert EMIR's use of standards will allow information to flow from it to other EHRs that use similar standards, thus achieving interoperability between systems.

"As we expand our presence on the Microsoft® HealthVault™ platform, it was imperative for the MedicAlert Foundation to adopt standards such as SNOMED CT to ensure and enhance interoperability," said Martin Kabat, president and CEO, MedicAlert Foundation. "To deliver
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