Pulse is Apelon's quarterly newsletter which provides information on terminology and data interoperability. Pulse is our response to requests for updates on Apelon's projects and products.

In each issue of Pulse we describe how various organizations are approaching their terminology challenges in the Consultants' Corner section. The Product Forum section of the newsletter provides information and updates regarding Apelon products.


Event: Ni2016

Saturday, June 25, 2016 through Wednesday, June 29, 2016

13th International Congress in Nursing Informatics

Geneva, Switzerland


Apelon's Christie Johnson, APRN, will be presenting a poster at the 13th International Conference in Nursing Informatics in Geneva describing Apelon's work building SNOMED-based detailed clinical information models and how those models can be adapted for nursing-focused content. We hope to see you in Geneva!


Event: Australian Clinical Terminology Connectathon

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 through Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sydney, Australia

Australian Clinical Terminology Connectathon

Apelon will be attending the second Australian National Clinical Terminology Service FHIR Connectathon in Melbourne, Australia, May 18 and 19. We will be working alongside teams from the Australian government and EMR vendors to explore how terminology tools and content can be leveraged to improve information delivery in Australia


Event: HL7 May 2016 Working Group Meeting

Saturday, May 07, 2016 through Sunday, May 08, 2016

Montreal, Canada

HL7 May 2016 Working Group Meeting

The Apelon team will be attending the HL7 May 2016 Working Group Meeting in Montreal. We will be participating in the FHIR Connectathon May 7 and 8, and then attending sessions on vocabulary, information modeling, clinical quality measurement, and of course FHIR. We look forward to seeing you there.


Apelon DTS Update

Written by // John Carter Monday, February 22, 2016

Version 4.4 adds new features, performance improvements

Apelon DTS Update

Have you see the latest from DTS, Apelon’s open source terminology server? Version 4.4 is out (register and download at http://apelondts.org), and there are a lot of new features over the past couple of releases. 


See you at HIMSS 2016, Las Vegas, February 29-March 4

Written by // John Carter Wednesday, January 27, 2016

See you at HIMSS 2016, Las Vegas, February 29-March 4

HIMSS 2016 is upon us, February 29 to March 4, in fabulous Las Vegas! We hope you'll stop by the Apelon booth (#2265) and say hello. We'll be showing off the new DTS version 4.4, which features a completely integrated HL7(r) FHIR(r) toolkit, enhanced value set tools for quality measure and clinical decision support developers, the new Content Download Portal app, and performance enhancements throughout the application. If you haven't seen DTS in a while, you'll be amazed at the latest features.


Asia eHealth Information Network

Written by // John Carter Monday, January 04, 2016

Multi-national health IT community

Asia eHealth Information Network

The Asia eHealth Information Network provides a forum for its members to share and learn about a wide range of health IT topics. Apelon is excited to see our growing involvement with AeHIN enter its third year in 2016.


NLM's Value Set Authority Center

Written by // John Carter Monday, December 28, 2015

The Latest in a Long Line of Terminology Initiatives

NLM's Value Set Authority Center

In this post, I'll review the history behind value sets' turn in the health information technology spotlight and describe the NLM's VSAC, a great and growing resource for caregivers who use controlled vocabularies in applications and the developers and terminologists working behind the scenes.


Proposed MedDRA Changes

Written by // John Carter Thursday, September 10, 2015

Comments due by September 25

Proposed MedDRA Changes

The MedDRA Maintenance and Support Services Organization seeks user community feedback on a series of proposed changes to be included in an upcoming release. You can get more information about the changes by downloading


Health Level 7 Letter to the US Senate

Written by // John Carter Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Interoperable Electronic Health Records

Health Level 7 Letter to the US Senate

Yesterday, Health Level 7 sent a letter to the US Senate HELP Committee, which is thinking about interoperable electronic health records.


July 2015 SNOMED CT and SNOMED-CPT Mappings for DTS 3.5

Subscription Customer Download Files Available Now

The latest edition of SNOMED CT and the SNOMED-CPT Mappings are available for Apelon Content Subscription customers who are still using DTS 3.5.2. 


See you at HIMSS AsiaPac

Singapore, September 6-10, 2015

Will you be attending the HIMSS AsiaPac and Digital Health Week meetings in Singapore next month? We will... so let's meet up... Drop us a line at sales@apelon.com. See you in Singapore!


Announcing Apelon’s Reformatted MedDRA Data for DTS

Written by // John Carter Thursday, August 27, 2015

More terms and relationships in new approach

MedDRA hierarchy in the Apelon DTS Editor

Looking at MedDRA as a terminologist, I see some things I really like and some things I wish were different. We just overhauled the way we represent MedDRA in DTS, and the new schema helps DTS users take advantage of the good parts and more easily work around the rest.


Better Data For Better Mapping

Written by // John Carter Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Clean data makes for better mappings

Most departmental and enterprise electronic medical records operate with local, homegrown vocabularies, but as deadlines for exchanging information between healthcare providers grow closer, standardizing and mapping  local data sets using national standard terminologies becomes increasingly important, and taking steps to "clean up" local data will improve the quality and efficiency of the terminology mapping.


Pharmacologic Class Work Group Honored by FDA

Written by // John Carter Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Terminology team makes sure drug classification is accurate and comprehensive

The Pharmacologic Class Work Group will be recognized at the 55th Annual FDA Honor Awards Ceremony with the FDA Commissioner's Special Citation. This award recognizes significant contribution or achievement that leads to improvements in service, programs, and/or communication for FDA.


e-Health 2015, May 31 -- June 3, Toronto

Written by // John Carter Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Apelon will be exhibiting at Canada's premier health IT conference

Again this year, Apelon will be exhibiting at e-Health, Canada’s premier health information technology conference, held this year at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from May 31 to June 3.

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