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3M™ Healthcare Data Dictionary

Translate, interpret and aggregate data successfully

Healthcare providers understand that data can lead to better patient care, informed decisions, lower costs and increased research opportunities. The challenge is to aggregate data so that it can be used and shared with confidence.

EHR data isn’t always in a standard medical terminology. It can be ICD-9, ICD-10, General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs), SNOMED CT®, LOINC®, RxNORM and more. Fortunately, 3M offers an efficient approach to healthcare data standardization and mapping between clinical terminology standards.

The 3M Healthcare Data Dictionary (HDD) is a medical vocabulary server that has been continuously expanded and maintained for over 15 years. The 3M HDD enables you to manage medical terminology, integrate content and standardize healthcare data. The technology allows organizations to transmit and receive accurate patient data across systems and applications, regardless of where data originates.


Reliable clinical data

The 3M HDD makes relevant data available for clinical decision-making, research, public health, meaningful use, and quality reporting. More importantly, the standardized data is reliable—understood by the IT systems that exchange it and trusted by users who need it.

Data content is preserved

The 3M HDD integrates with other systems and preserves the viability of data in hybrid systems and data warehouses, supporting the use of legacy data for business analytics and clinical research.

Flexible service-oriented architecture (SOA) approach

The 3M HDD is a web-based application built upon an SOA architecture. It is highly scalable, integrates with other applications, and structurally designed to meet the extensive demands for interoperability in high-volume transaction environments.


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Current HDD clients

Click here to access our support site.

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MU and lab data management: Getting to the next level

Insight and lessons learned in managing MU expectations while optimizing processes around laboratory data management from Pamela Banning, Senior Healthcare Data Analyst for 3M Health Information Systems.
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Webinar archive

Click here to see how the state of Vermont is meeting federal MU criteria and overcoming interoperability barriers to help organizations ultimately achieve MU statewide.

Click here to listen to our recent webinar on the many myths surrounding MU and how the HDD can help.

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Meaningful Use

See how HDD’s centralized vocabulary server integrates standards and local terminologies to solve your EHR terminology challenges.

Meaningful Use challenges

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See what 3M clients and experts are saying

Read the latest posts on the 3M blog about interoperability and standards.

View the YouTube videos about data interoperability.