The Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues and day-to-day operations are changing for many healthcare providers. For example, hospitals must now shift their patient records systems to electronic medical records, which introduces additional challenges during an already stressful time. This interesting and relevant news was found on ebizQ in their article, “Taxonomy Aids Navigation of Turbulent Healthcare Environment.”

One method of managing the many projects involved in this healthcare reformation is with a formalized taxonomy. In a healthcare organization’s taxonomy, both clinical and operational risk can be tied to the regulations they impact, including those of the ACA or more other regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the accreditation standards of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

A standards-based taxonomy can help you provide clear order to your data, which enables comprehensive search results. Standards are key to a solid taxonomy and comprehensive indexing.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.