Clinical Architecture, the leader in terminology management technology, announced that St. Joseph Health, an integrated healthcare delivery system serving patients in California, Texas and New Mexico, has selected Symedical for system-wide terminology management, semantic normalization and interoperability.

St. Joseph Health will use Symedical to automate the maintenance of standard vocabularies and the mapping of local and free text terms; allowing them to efficiently normalize disparate data and remove redundancy in the system’s provider and patient portal.

As a large integrated delivery network serving populations in three states, St. Joseph Health manages health information from a broad spectrum of sources.

In addition to the complexities of working with data from disparate clinical applications, redundant information about a patient can also be reported from multiple venues of care. In order to make this combined data meaningful for providers, St. Joseph Health will normalize information to a common semantic meaning and reconcile redundant information into a single entry.

"Our physicians expect and deserve the information we aggregate from internal and external sources to be an accurate and complete representation of their patient’s medical history, presented in a concise, actionable format," said Bill Russell, St. Joseph Health Chief Information Officer.

St. Joseph Health (SJH) is a $5.5bn not-for-profit integrated Catholic health care delivery system sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry.