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3M and Clinical Architecture Partner to Deliver Next-Generation Clinical Interoperability Solution

August 31, 2011

New 3M Healthcare Data Architecture offers easy and efficient management of vocabularies, codes and terms across disparate systems.

Carmel, Indiana, August 31, 2011 – 3M Health Information Systems and Clinical Architecture have signed a strategic agreement to integrate Clinical Architecture’s advanced mapping engine and intuitive user toolset with the robust content of the 3M Healthcare Data Dictionary, the industry’s most comprehensive medical vocabulary server. Together these powerful technologies have produced the 3M Healthcare Data Architecture, an advanced interoperability solution that makes it possible to map and manage medical terminologies, integrate content, and standardize healthcare data all in real-time at the point of data exchange.

The 3M Healthcare Data Architecture offers a practical and efficient approach to attaining semantic interoperability of coded, computable data. Large health systems, academic medical centers, and vendor organizations can leverage the new solution’s vast content and industry-standard vocabularies with front-end workflow tools and high performance run-time services to monitor data channels, translate coded and free text terms, and enable remote management of terminology maps. The 3M Healthcare Data Architecture is highly scalable and structurally designed to meet the extensive demands for interoperability in high volume transaction environments.

“The ability to transmit and receive patient data in a semantically accurate and actionable format is essential to meeting the next level of meaningful use requirements,” said Charlie Harp, Chief Executive Officer of Clinical Architecture. “The combined strength of 3M and Clinical Architecture enables semantic interoperability to be part of the standard operations of any information system, whenever and wherever data is being exchanged.”

“When semantic interoperability is achieved across systems and applications, the result is meaningful patient data,” said Anthony Carrozzella, Business Director, Clinical Terminology for 3M Health Information Systems. “Meaningful data is essential to better patient care, more-informed clinical decisions, lower costs and increased research opportunities.”

The 3M Healthcare Data Architecture builds on the power of the 3M Healthcare Data Dictionary (HDD), a controlled medical vocabulary server that has been continuously expanded and maintained for over 15 years. The 3M HDD provides a road map to the content and structure of patient data by defining and translating every data element and healthcare concept that occurs in a computerized patient record. It offers a practical, comprehensive implementation of industry-standard vocabularies across all domains, including ICD-9, ICD-10, General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs), SNOMED CT®, LOINC, RxNORM and more.

The Clinical Architecture Symedical Server is an enterprise class semantic interoperability engine that extends a powerful mapping solution into real-time transaction environments. It offers the ability to improve the accuracy and reliability of terminology maps, while reducing the time and effort to create and manage them. Healthcare organizations can create, import, manage, share and map terminologies using a customizable mapping engine, as well as create executable content models and integrate powerful runtime services for more efficient workflow and increased productivity.

For more information about the 3M Healthcare Data Architecture, please visit or call 800-367-2447.

About 3M Health Information Systems

Best known for our market-leading coding system and ICD-10 expertise, 3M Health Information Systems delivers innovative software and consulting services designed to raise the bar for clinical documentation improvement, computer-assisted coding, mobile physician applications, case mix and quality outcomes reporting, and document management. Our robust healthcare data dictionary and terminology services also support the expansion and accuracy of the electronic health record (EHR) system. With nearly 30 years of healthcare industry experience and the know-how of more than 100 credentialed 3M coding experts, 3M is the go-to partner for more than 5,000 hospitals worldwide that want to improve quality and financial performance.

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