Oct. 17, 2012
Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information and business intelligence for professionals, students and institutions in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Health Language, Inc., a leader in Medical Terminology Management (MTM), a rapidly growing segment of the point-of-care market. The acquisition is part of Wolters Kluwer Health's strategy to continually enhance its leadership position in the point of care market by providing customers with access to a comprehensive set of evidence-based disease and drug information knowledge platforms and robust software solutions.
Health Language's medical content terminology databases and software solutions enable hospitals, electronic medical record system providers (EMRs) and payers around the globe to manage, update and map disparate medical vocabularies and administrative codes used in U.S. and international settings. MTM is expected to see rapid growth as healthcare entities become increasingly interconnected and the need for sharing clinical data grows. This trend has been accelerated by Meaningful Use legislation in the U.S., promoting the use of electronic health records and evidence-based medicine to improve quality standards in health care.
"Medical terminology management is quickly emerging as a core point-of-care market as hospitals, EMRs and payers are increasingly focused on interoperability of systems to realize the advantages of healthcare information technology," said
, President & CEO, Wolters Kluwer Health Clinical Solutions. "Health Language has built a leadership position in meeting this important interoperability need. This acquisition allows Wolters Kluwer Health to enhance its current market leading point-of-care solutions and better position its customers to fully leverage existing and emerging healthcare quality and reimbursement initiatives. The acquisition also provides Wolters Kluwer Health with greater access to payers, key customers for various Health Language offerings."
Health Language databases and software products include more than 180 standard terminologies and proprietary content sets to enable easier information sharing across many healthcare information technology systems. The company also provides clinical content and professional services to enable interoperability, web-based terminology mapping, Meaningful Use compliance and ICD-10 conversion, a system of coding created by the World Health Organization that is in various phases of implementation worldwide.