3M announced recently purchased Semfinder, a medical coding technology company from Switzerland. Embracing semantic coding technology could help push its electronic health record (EHR) system to market in other countries. This interesting news came to us from Twin Cities Business in their article, “3M Bolsters Its Health Care Division With Purchase Of Semfinder.”

Semfinder is known within the medical services field for its expertise with semantic coding, a style of coding that focuses on the content directly rather than how the content should look or be displayed. Semfinder’s semantic technology will accelerate the development of next-generation solutions for healthcare records coding.

Healthcare providers in most industrialized countries have adopted EHRs. In America, the proportion is close to 100 percent. The remaining challenge is to make the technology work together and achieve the interoperability that was part of the original plan.

Melody K. Smith

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