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Practice Area


The JMC terminology team focuses on the use of data standards to promote interoperability in public health. We are well versed in healthcare formats and terminologies and experienced in the practical application of those standards in data exchange. JMC terminologists draw upon hands-on work at the local, state, and federal levels. Our in-depth experience provides an understanding of the intricacies of specific use cases and business needs as well as continued awareness of common practice and policy in public health informatics. 


JMC terminologists are well practiced in the application of data standards, including gap analysis and mapping, to specific implementation profiles, mapping guides, and standard terminologies. We have worked across multiple levels of government and with national public health and informatics organizations such as the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), and Health Level Seven International (HL7). By defining the content and structure of electronic data, terminologists ensure an unambiguous understanding between sender and receiver. Often serving as translators between technical solutions and business needs, terminologists ensure that the correct data is sent in the correct format.

What we do:
Data Standards & Interoperability

Core Competencies:

  • Data Standards:​

    • Health Level 7 (HL7) Versions 2.x and 3​

    • Extensible Markup Language (XML)

    • Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)

    • Clinical Document Architecture (CDA)

  • Terminologies:

    • Local Codes

    • Public Health Information Network Vocabulary Access and Distribution System (PHINVADS)

    • Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)

    • Unified Code for Units of Measure (UCUM)

    • International Classification of Disease (ICD-9 & ICD-10)

    • Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine - Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT)

    • Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC)​

    • RxNorm

  • Use Cases:

    • Electronic Test Orders and Results (ETOR) 

    • Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR)

    • Electronic Laboratory Surveillance Mapping (ELSM)

    • Laboratory Response Network (LRN)

    • Electronic Case Reporting (eCR)

    • Case Notification to CDC (Message Mapping Guides)

  • Profiles:

    • Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR)

    • Public Health Laboratory Interoperability Project (PHILIP)

    • Laboratory Information Management System integration (LIMSi)

    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Message Mapping Guides (CDC MMGs)

    • Newborn Dried Bloodspot (NDBS)

    • Laboratory Order Interface (LOI)

    • Laboratory Results Interface (LRI) 

  • Validation:

    • Test Plan Creation​

    • Manual and Automated Validation

    • Validation Feedback

Bridging the Informatics Gap

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