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3M™ Healthcare Data Dictionary

Translate, interpret and aggregate data successfully

Healthcare providers don’t lack for patient data. They know that data can lead to better patient care, informed clinical decisions, lower costs and increased research opportunities. The challenge is to aggregate the data into information that can be used and shared with confidence.

Data in an EHR comes from multiple sources and in a variety of standards and terminologies. The vocabularies, codes and terms used in one system may mean something different—or nothing at all—in another.

Fortunately, 3M offers a practical and efficient approach to semantic interoperability.

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


Semantic interoperability

Real-time interoperabile patient data The 3M HDD provides a road map to the content and structure of patient data by defining and translating every data element in a computerized patient record across all domains including ICD-9, ICD-10, General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs), SNOMED CT®, LOINC®, RxNORM and more.

Reliable clinical data

The 3M HDD makes relevant data available for clinical decision-making, research, public health 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

Because it integrates easily with other systems, 3M HDD 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, easily integrated 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

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Thoughts from the OSEHRA 2014 Summit HDD Access can save you hundreds of work hours.

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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.