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Today's Foreign Language of Medicine

Kathleen “Kat” King, ASHI, AHDI-F

CEC: 1 Technology & Tools (TT)


When we think of foreign languages, our minds turn to Spanish, German, French, Mandarin Chinese, etc. In our industry, Greek and Latin are the origins for much of our terminology. Since the adoption of the electronic health record (EHR), other languages have caused many of us to become multilingual. Most of us are familiar with ICD-10, which includes both ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, but there are a few other “languages” that are less familiar (or even foreign) to most. In this session with Kat, we are going to explore these languages, which include SNOMED, LOINC, and RxNorm. We will break down these language barriers and introduce a single standardized terminology that can bring a new approach to data integration and, more importantly, safe patient care.

Attendees will:

  1. Understand the background/use of ICD, the new ICD-10 COVID-19 codes, and how they are used with other conditions.
  2. Describe the background/use of SNOMED codes in conjunction with the electronic health record (EHR) and natural language processing (NLP).
  3. Illustrate the background/use of LOINC and the electronic exchange of clinical health information.
  4. Demonstrate the background/use of RxNorm, allowing computer systems to communicate drug-related information clearly and efficiently.
  5. Introduce one more solution that creates a single standardized terminology for improved data integration and patient safety.


Kat King

Kathleen “Kat” King, ASHI, AHDI-F, has been in the healthcare documentation industry since 1974, owned a medical transcription service for 20 years, and managed teams in 8 countries. She earned a degree in Healthcare Informatics, pursued a degree in Healthcare Management Administration, and is working to earn her Medical Coding/Billing credential. Ms King has provided EHR implementation training in health systems throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is the director of Customer Success for Cybexys, Inc., a technology company providing a coding validation solution for risk adjustment and revenue cycle management, utilizing artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and machine learning.

She has served on numerous AHDI alliances, component boards, was co-founder and President of AHDI-West, and currently serves as Secretary on the AHDI Board of Directors. She has received multiple nominations and awards within AHDI and AHDI-West, including Distinguished Service Award, Advocate of the Year, Member of the Year twice, and Membership Impact Award eight times.

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