Prognosis HIS Partners With Health Language to Ease ICD-10 Transition, Satisfy Meaningful Use Stage 2 and Support Interoperability

Prognosis Health Information Systems(Prognosis HIS), the leading provider of an integrated electronic health record (EHR) and financial system enterprise solution for rural and community hospitals, today announced that Health Language, Inc.’s (HLI) Language Engine® (LE) and provider-friendly terminology (PFT) will be integrated into its inpatient and outpatient EHR systems in future releases.

Developed by the global leader in health care terminology management, these tools will streamline physician workflow, documentation and revenue cycle management, as well as ease the transition to ICD-10 and satisfy meaningful use (MU) stage two data mapping provisions.

“We are committed to helping our customers achieve meaningful use attestation, but beyond that we want to equip them to thrive in the emerging digital, pay-for-performance health care environment,” explained Prognosis HIS CEO Ramsey Evans. “We partner with industry leaders that can help us deliver the most user-friendly solutions with robust functionality, configurability and reliability that meet the specific needs of rural and community hospitals, and that’s exactly what our relationship with HLI will accomplish.”

Embedding HLI’s tools into ChartNotes™, Prognosis HIS’ clinical documentation solution, will further enhance its exceptional ease of use and flexibility that already enable individuals with basic computer skills to easily and quickly configure templates to reflect their personal preferences and organizational needs. By incorporating HLI’s data mapping and provider-friendly terminology tools, physicians and other caregivers can continue using their customary descriptions for diagnoses and procedures supplemented by free text. This eliminates the need to learn or look up specific codes, frees physicians and nurses to focus on patient care and eases the transition to ICD-10.

The focus on optimal ease of use and flexibility and ensuring that ChartNotes accommodates physicians and nurses rather than the all-too-common practice of forcing them to conform to a system’s requirements are hallmarks of Prognosis HIS’ product development approach. This continuous focus explains why ChartNotes is popular with physicians and nurses, how 100 percent of Prognosis HIS’ eligible hospital customers have achieved meaningful use, and why the company can achieve a 120-day go-live timetable.

Additional benefits include:

  • Encourages EHR adoption by enhancing physician productivity and streamlining workflow
  • Speeds searches for diagnosis and problem list codes by allowing clinicians to use familiar words and abbreviations
  • Enhances data mining and analytics by automatically mapping preferred terms to the correct standardized codes
  • Meets MU stage two mapping requirements by converting problem list data into SNOMED CT codes
  • Boosts billing efficiency and accuracy by converting clinical terms into the appropriate billing codes
  • Seamlessly maps between ICD-9, SNOMED CT and ICD-10
  • Eliminates productivity and revenue declines that would result if physicians were forced to choose the correct code from ICD-10’s 155,000 options, up from 17,000 items under ICD-9

HLI’s PFT ensures all common clinical expressions, abbreviations and synonyms used by physicians and other clinicians to describe the same conditions and procedures are linked. This simplifies the capture, analysis and exchange of information and provides the interoperability that is essential as new treatment and financial models — such as pay for performance, value-based reimbursement, accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes, bundled payments and shared risk arrangements — fuel the need for data-driven business intelligence and reporting mandates. HLI’s LE updates, maps, distributes and provides access to current versions of more than 100 clinical and administrative code sets, including SNOMED, ICD-9, ICD-10, RxNorm and LOINC as well as a hospital’s proprietary content. The LE can also convert unstructured text into coded, structured data for clinical documentation, billing and analytics.

“Organizations that lack the technological resources and infrastructure to adapt to health care’s ongoing transformation will falter under the demands of new care models and industry regulations,” said Brian McDonald, executive vice president of Health Language. “Our partnership with Prognosis HIS is a strong example of how a fully integrated, intuitive EHR system can help providers tackle data sharing and analysis challenges, while positioning them for competitive, long-term growth.”

About Health Language, Inc.

Founded in 2000 and based in Denver, Health Language, Inc. (HLI) provides leading healthcare terminology management solutions and professional services that normalize all data within a healthcare organization into standardized code sets such as ICD-10, SNOMED and LOINC. By establishing a data infrastructure in which disparate information is fully integrated, HLI’s advanced Language Engine (LE) and supporting tools enable healthcare providers and payers worldwide to simplify the management and analysis of critical patient, financial and operational information. This, backed by a team of HIM experts that support the integration process, helps hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations to overcome industry challenges such as Meaningful Use, ICD-10 and health information exchange. For more information, visit or call 720.940.2900.

About Prognosis Health Information Systems

Prognosis Health Information Systems provides an enterprise solution, including EHR and financial systems, to rural and community hospitals. It offers a predictable path, including 120-day go-live schedule, built-in Clinical Pathways™ and Meaningful Use Scorecard™ to drive standard of care, and fixed-fee implementation with one all-inclusive cost. One hundred percent of Prognosis HIS’ eligible clients have achieved meaningful use. Plus, it has helped lower A/R days by more than 50 percent. Learn more at

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