by Susan Eustis
Natural Language Processing Used for Computer Assisted Coding
CodeRyte offers sophisticated technology that automates medical coding in leading healthcare settings including single- and multi-specialty practices, academic medical centers and integrated delivery systems. A web-based software solution automates the coding process. A natural language processing engine reads the text of a physician’s report and automatically assigns appropriate codes. Coded notes are for client review either on-site or remotely through a secure, HIPAA compliant Web interface.
A-Life uses its proprietary and patented Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology, LifeCode, to decipher electronic transcribed patient encounters via the Internet through its data center. Documents are coded for reimbursement purposes. A-Life’s NLP technology utilizes proprietary knowledge bases which contain tens of millions of facts to automate the coding process.
A-Life Medical is part of Optum. OptumInsight specializes in improving the performance of the health system by providing analytics, technology and consulting services that enable better decisions and results. A-Life Medical computer-assisted coding (CAC) offers advanced computerized coding and coder management solutions.
3M 360 Encompass is an encoding system, a software application that connects and automates coding, clinical documentation improvement (CDI), and performance monitoring in a single integrated workflow. 3M 360 Encompass System helps hospitals and health systems achieve complete documentation, accurate and timely reimbursement, and outcomes data that reflects the care provided.
3M 360 Encompass system addresses the inefficiencies of multiple coding and documentation workflows offering a breakthrough answer to the coding and documentation challenges of healthcare reform and ICD-10.
Cerner Corp. has acquired LingoLogix, a Dallas-based vendor of computer-assisted coding software. Cerner has changed LingoLogix’s name to Discern nCode and is integrating the coding software with its core Millennium information system.
Discern nCode uses natural language processing technology to identify key words and phrases in physician dictated notes either in a voice file or machine-readable text. The software then matches the key words and phrases to appropriate SNOMED-CT terminology and ICD-9 or CPT-4 codes, and then automatically codes the notes. The notes then are searchable for billing or research purposes.