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Artificial Medical Intelligence Announces EMscribe Computer Assisted Coding Software; Now with Clinical Document Improvement

EMscribe CDI Provides More Accurate and Complete Clinical Documentation Enabling Hospitals to Receive Faster, More Accurate Reimbursement

 LAS VEGAS-HIMSS Conference—March 4, 2012Artificial Medical Intelligence (AMI) today announced that its Computer Assisted Coding (CAC) solution, EMscribe now has integrated Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI).

AMI takes CDI to the next level by integrating more than 300 different quality measures that have been registered and approved into AMI’s Natural Language Processing CAC solution. The clinical documentation guidelines give hospital personnel the information they need to support documentation decisions regarding patient severity, acuity, and risk of mortality.  EMscribe CDI provides tangible improvement outcomes through software monitoring, searchable data, user-defined reports and real time performance monitoring and clinical updates.

EMscribe CDI also integrates smoothly with quality initiatives such as The Physician Quality Reporting System, National Healthcare Safety Network, and Accountable Care Organizations.  It allows users to flag customized diagnoses or procedures along with the real time status on physician and healthcare worker documentation updates.   EMscribe CDI ultimately helps hospitals better reflect reimbursement services provided.

“Since January 2005, we have built a platform that provides usability and innovation for useable Natural Language Processing technology for all types of healthcare systems globally,” said Stuart Covit, COO of Artificial Medical Intelligence Inc.  “By integrating CDI into the EMscribe CAC technology, we are delivering tremendous usability and a customizable process that supports the entire CDI team. In the last six months AMI has accelerated its product innovation efforts with its releases offering E & M, Robotic Computer Coding Automation and now CDI.  AMI will continue to push our development efforts through our innovative approach that is well received in the industry.”

EMscribe CDI combines site specific and global best practices, evidence-based medicine, clinical case management, benchmark metrics and utilization review through its proprietary usage of Natural Language Processing business intelligence which is at the heart of the EMscribe core technology. Additionally, the CDI software is functionality designed to augment in-house or outsourced dedicated specialists assigned for clinical documentation improvement at or with remote access to healthcare sites.

AMI’s EMscribe Computer Assisted Coding with CDI is available immediately. The product can be seen at the upcoming HIMSS Conference March 3-7 in New Orleans at the AMI booth 6951.

About AMI

Founded in 2002, Artificial Medical Intelligence is a healthcare informatics software developer focusing on increasing efficiency within Health Information Management. Its patent pending core solution, EMscribe, provides suggested coding and abstractions using Natural Language Processing for both the inpatient and outpatient encounter. EMscribe® is also now processing the E & M level with its next generation NLP algorithms for both the professional and facility based patient encounter.  The innovative solutions are very adaptable and can automate certain patient record types with no coder input needed. The technology can also automatically abstract Principal and Admit Diagnoses.  NLP is used to generate Present on Admission diagnoses, and Hospital Acquired Condition, as well as a variety of other patient values, thus making it the most comprehensive hospital tested HIM-Coding solution available. AMI’s solutions are targeted at hospital healthcare facilities, larger clinics and physician practices that are looking to automate process management and improve the processing of medical documents.  The Powered by EMscribe® technology is available to partners and is sold directly to hospitals nationwide. The company is headquartered in Eatontown, New Jersey.

March 4, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

TruCode Announces New Encoder Web Services for Integration into Healthcare IT Applications

Alpharetta, GA— January 8th, 2013. TruCode™, a medical coding software company, proudly announces a new encoder “cloud-based” offering for healthcare IT vendors. TruCode’s Encoder Essentials is a set of web services and components that enable business partners to easily integrate encoder functionality directly into their systems without separate encoder interfaces or onsite software. The announcement was made by Thomas Golden, Co-Founder and CTO of TruCode.

“TruCode is the first company to offer complete encoder capabilities through web services, making it the encoder-inside for computer assisted coding (CAC), clinical documentation improvement (CDI), HIS, EMR and other coding technology companies,” says Golden.

TruCode’s Encoder Essentials have already been integrated into ChartWise (ChartWise CDI), BayScribe (v6 CAC), Dolbey (Fusion CACe), M*Modal’s (Fluency for Coding™), Precyse (precyseCode™), and PlatoCode.

According to Robin Stults RHIA, CHC and Senior Vice President of Health Information Management at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, “Integrating encoders into the CAC process, versus interfacing them, is the future of coding workflow, particularly in light of new ICD-10 demands.”

“Application logistics are difficult without integrated solutions and the symbiotic nature of natural language understanding and encoder rules make it a perfect pairing.  Coders will appreciate the ease of using this type of integrated technology, and health care professionals will appreciate the concept of a solution within a solution,” continues Stults.

All components needed for accurate and effective clinical coding can be embedded into web pages or any other application that can display HTML content for rapid access by coding personnel. These include such valuable resources as code books, grouping, pricing, edits, references and more, available via a broadband internet connection.

“With embedded Web Services, coders have access to coding tools wherever they need them, not just inside their encoder.  When tools are readily available, coders are more productive and more accurate in their coding.  Any system that allows codes to be assigned can benefit from adding TruCode’s tools as an integral part of the solution,” adds Golden.

About TruCode®

TruCode (Alpharetta, GA) is a software company that provides an encoder application, components and web services to the hospital, consulting, and Healthcare IT marketplace.  TruCode was the first to release a complete ICD-10-CM encoder and deliver encoder components via web services.  TruCode’s Encoder Essentials fully integrate into healthcare IT technologies including: Computer Assisted Coding (CAC), Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI), Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Health Information Systems (HIS) and Healthcare Business Analytics.  For more information visit: www.trucode.com.

February 8, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Nuance Healthcare Announces Clinical Language Understanding for Radiology at RSNA

Changes in Payment Models and Transition to ICD-10 Spur Need for More Accurate Clinical Documentation in Radiology

RSNA 2012 – CHICAGO – November 26, 2012 – Today, from booth 6217 at RSNA 2012, Nuance Communications, Inc. announced Assure, a clinical language understanding (CLU) offering for Powerscribe 360 | Reporting that will identify quality errors and omissions in radiology reports prior to final signature.  Assure is the first product offering to leverage CLU and which will benefit from the recent acquisitions of Quantim and J.A. Thomas and Associates, strengthening Nuance’s solutions that help drive clinical documentation improvement (CDI) for radiologists and their referring physicians..

Radiology is moving from fee-for-service to a value-based reimbursement model where it must now, more than ever, show the value it adds to patient care.  A way to demonstrate this value is to measure how radiology’s clinical documentation makes patient care more efficient and effective; a heavy weight to bear in light of government regulations such as ICD-10.  Voice-enabled radiology reporting with CLU technology plays a key role in the efficient delivery of quality diagnostic reports, enhancing patient care and helping to reduce imaging costs.

By arming radiologists with CLU documentation technologies and enterprise-wide coding, Nuance will provide immediate quality feedback and CDI recommendations for the physician and produce better quality reports and downstream benefits to facilities and providers. Today, Assure for PowerScribe 360 | Reporting goes beyond simply spotting pre-defined words within a report.  Assure leverages Nuance’s CLU technology, which contains the world’s largest knowledge base of medical terms to understand the context of the exam order and report.  Using intelligent concept extraction, Assure considers verb tenses, negations, and historical references to identify conflicts a radiologist can address prior to signature and coding.  This enables radiologists to capture the appropriate data before the diagnostic report is provided to the referring physician and used subsequently for diagnosis, treatment and care.

“Today, nearly half of all imaging exams in the U.S. are being created using Nuance speech recognition,” said Janet Dillione, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Healthcare.  “Now, layer that with our powerful CLU technology to unlock data within clinical documentation and support it with 20+ years of healthcare expertise and you have a perfect opportunity to deliver a radiology solution that supports more accurate, complete clinical documentation and prepares for ICD-10.”

At RSNA, Nuance will have its full radiology portfolio on demonstration at booth 6217, including Powerscribe 360 | Reporting with Assure, critical results communication, and computer-assisted coding (CAC).  To learn more about how Nuance can help radiologists improve patient care, please visit: www.nuancehealthcare.com/destinationbest.

Nuance Healthcare

Nuance Healthcare, a division of Nuance Communications, is the market leader in creating clinical understanding solutions that drive smart, efficient decisions across healthcare.  As the largest clinical documentation provider in the U.S., Nuance provides solutions and services that improve the entire clinical documentation process — from the capture of the complete patient record to clinical documentation improvement, coding, compliance and appropriate reimbursement. More than 450,000 physicians and 10,000 healthcare facilities worldwide leverage Nuance’s award-winning, voice-enabled clinical documentation and analytics solutions to support the physician in any clinical workflow and on any device. For more information, visit www.nuance.com/for-healthcare/index.htm.

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Nuance Communications, Inc

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world.  Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications.  For more information, please visit: http://www.nuance.com/

December 4, 2012 I Written By

Precyse Offers Electronic Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Through Natural Language Comprehension-Driven Coding Solution

PrecyseCDI™ and PrecyseCode™ will enable Sarasota Memorial and other providers to focus on CDI and ICD-10 initiatives now to prepare for the future

Wayne, Pa., and Alpharetta, Ga., October 03, 2011Precyse, a leader in Health Information Management (HIM) technology and services, is revolutionizing Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) initiatives for its healthcare provider clients through precyseCDI™, a tool that enables integrated CDI with coding workflow and electronically facilitates identification of gaps and areas for improvement in clinical documentation. PrecyseCDI™ is a component of precyseCode™, the industry’s first computer assisted and Natural Language Comprehension™ (NLC)-driven intelligent workflow solution.

precyseCode™ is a single, comprehensive platform to optimize coding processes, accelerate revenue cycles and support healthcare organizations as they navigate compliance challenges, implement CDI initiatives, migrate to ICD-10 and address the challenges of health reform and Meaningful Use. As part of precyseCode, precyseCDI is providing Precyse customers with a means of ensuring their CDI objectives are met through more explicit and accurate clinical documentation, reduced risk of coding errors, more timely and appropriate reimbursement, improved audit ratings and physician profiles and heightened regulatory compliance.

“The Natural Language Comprehension capabilities that make precyseCode the most powerful computer assisted coding environment available are also enabling precsyeCDI to take Clinical Documentation Improvement to new, sustainable level that has never before been possible,” said Chris Powell, President of Precyse. “Given the increased detail and complexity of ICD-10, accuracy will be paramount. If clinical documentation isn’t done correctly, then coding can’t be done correctly, and if coding isn’t done correctly, healthcare providers won’t be reimbursed properly. Armed with precyseCode and precyseCDI our customers will begin putting into place a CDI program that will help them prepare for the increased documentation and coding accuracy that ICD-10 will demand.”

PrecyseCDI uses precyseCode NLC to review clinical documents and, in addition to assigning the appropriate ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes, can identify gaps and inaccuracies and suggest opportunities for improvement. And since NLC allows the coding environment to actually learn with every encounter, its knowledge base, and thus its CDI capabilities, are constantly growing.

Several healthcare organizations are already taking advantage of precyseCDI to improve CDI processes in preparation for ICD-10, including Sarasota Memorial Health Care System in Sarasota, Fla. “We knew that we needed to start preparing for ICD-10 now, in order to change documentation practices over the next two years,” said Diane Settle, Executive Director, Revenue Cycle for Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. “PrecyseCDI was selected as our solution to help us evaluate our current clinical documentation practices and determine where we have lack of specificity.”

“With precyseCDI™, healthcare providers can electronically focus on CDI efforts right now and start working with their clinical staff to prime them for ICD-10,” said Powell.

Baptist Health System (BHS), which includes four hospitals in the greater Birmingham, Ala., area, transitioned from a paper-based environment and implemented Precyse’s innovative coding platform in 2009. The new coding platform allowed BHS to “virtualize” the coding department and create an integrated, seamless and productive team. BHS has experienced increased productivity, accuracy and quality, while significantly reducing costs. There has been a 20% increase in coding quality, a 5% increase in DRG-based revenue and a 10% reduction in voluntary auditing. Before the end of the year, BHS will upgrade to Precyse’s NLC-enabled computer assisted coding platform.

“The precyseCode upgrade will position BHS to even further improve the outcomes we’ve already achieved with Precyse,” said Chloe Phillips, Corporate Director of HIM for BHS. “We plan on using it as a competitive advantage that will actually improve productivity in the face of the transition to ICD-10.”

Precyse will be discussing electronic CDI through its Natural Language Comprehension-driven coding solution, precyseCode, at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2 – 5, 2011. Visit Precyse, AHIMA Diamond Partner and AHIMA Foundation Member, in booth #1419 at AHIMA 2012 to learn how precyseCDI and precyseCode will enable providers to focus on CDI and ICD-10 initiatives now to prepare for the future.

About Precyse

Precyse provides industry-leading expert services and comprehensive technologies that empower healthcare organizations to most effectively and efficiently capture, organize, secure and analyze clinical data and transform it into actionable information, supporting the delivery of quality patient care and optimizing operating performance. Precyse has enabled more than 850 hospitals and health systems nationwide to improve efficiency and deliver tangible outcomes for more than a decade. With products ranging from an integrated transcription and coding platform with advanced speech recognition, expert workflow technologies and Natural Language Comprehension™ to HIM consulting and services, Precyse’s flexible software can be delivered standalone or complemented by a professional staff of more than 1,200 experts. Now more than ever, hospitals and health systems are challenged to achieve meaningful use of the legal health record. Precyse is the partner hospitals across the country choose to achieve this goal. To learn more, visit www.precyse.com.

About Precyse Advanced Technologies

Precyse Advanced Technologies (PAT) is the R&D division of Precyse. Software products built by PAT are designed to accelerate the capture and utilization of the patient story and advance the transformation of clinical data into meaningful health information. These products accelerate hospital and health system revenue cycles with precyseCode™, the most comprehensive, intelligent workflow and collaboration solution available today. With its proprietary Natural Language Comprehension™, Computer-Assisted Coding and robust content knowledge, precyseCode has been engineered to deliver greater coding speed and productivity, and lead the healthcare industry through the migration to ICD-10 and the costly, time time-consuming process of improving clinical documentation. This flexible software solution can be delivered standalone or complemented by a professional staff of more than 1,200 experts. Precyse Advanced Technologies is an affiliate of Precyse, sparking operational excellence and superior financial performance for more than 850 hospitals and health systems nationwide. Now in its twelfth year, Precyse continues to lead the industry with its Transcription, Coding, Health Information Management, Oncology Data Management and Clinical Documentation Improvement services. To learn more, visit www.precyse.com.

October 3, 2011 I Written By

Precyse Announces Commercial Release of Revolutionary Intelligent Workflow Solution for Health Information Management

Precyse (Wayne, PA and Alpharetta, GA) has announced the General Availability of PrecyseCode™, its revolutionary intelligent workflow solution for health information management. Now commercially available, the precyseCode software features Computer-Assisted Coding (CAC) that uses unique Natural Language Comprehension™ (NLC) to create a patient’s clinical story, allowing for the assignment of appropriate, compliant ICD-9 and ICD-10 diagnosis codes, procedure codes and SNOMED clinical terminology. It has already proven to accelerate hospital and health system revenue cycles by minimize coding backlogs, facility Discharged Not Final Billed (DNFB) levels, audit exposure and denied claims. PrecyseCode turbo charges productivity and results, positively impacting the bottom line.

While accurate and efficient coding may be at the heart of the overwhelming challenges facing healthcare providers today, automated systems that merely provide ‘coding-only’ solutions will not suffice. PrecyseCode represents an automated coding solution that goes beyond coding to unify and optimize the entire workflow process, from physicians to coders to clinical staff and to management. Precyse has already seen 20% increases in coder productivity with precyseCode, and expects that figure to climb as high as 50% as the system ‘learns’ from its earlier coding assignments.

PrecyseCode™ Improves Coding Quality and Productivity, Enabling Providers to Accelerate Meaningful Use of the Electronic Health Record and Prepare for ICD-10

Wayne, Pa. and Alpharetta, Ga., May 03, 2011—Precyse, a leader in health information management (HIM) services and technologies, announces the general availability of precyseCode™, the most advanced and comprehensive health information management platform available today. PrecyseCode is driven by state-of-the-art technologies that understand and process human voice, converting it to text and transforming it to information. Now commercially available, the precyseCode software features Computer-Assisted Coding that uses unique Natural Language Comprehension™ (NLC) to create a patient’s clinical story, allowing for the assignment of appropriate, compliant ICD-9 and ICD-10 diagnosis codes, procedure codes and SNOMED clinical terminology.

NLC is achieved through the unique combination of M*Modal’s contextual understanding technology with Precyse’s collaborative technology platform and extensive coding and clinical documentation expertise.  PrecyseCode is the industry’s first computer-assisted and NLC-driven intelligent workflow solution. This powerful combination provides a single, comprehensive platform to optimize coding processes, accelerate revenue cycles, and support healthcare organizations as they navigate through compliance challenges, Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) initiatives, migrate to ICD-10, and meet health reform and Meaningful Use initiatives head on.

“While accurate and efficient coding may be at the heart of the overwhelming challenges facing healthcare providers today, automated systems that merely provide ‘coding-only’ solutions will not suffice,” said Ken Lacy, President and General Manager of Precyse Advanced Technologies, the R&D division of Precyse. “precyseCode represents an automated coding solution that goes beyond coding to unify and optimize the entire workflow process, from physicians to coders to clinical staff and to management. We’ve already seen 20% increases in coder productivity with precyseCode, and we expect that figure to climb as high as 50% as the system ‘learns’ from its earlier coding assignments.”

Lacy added, “Rather than reengineering existing automated systems to adapt to the changing healthcare environment, our goal was to develop a ‘from the ground up’ solution that would meet all of the current and future needs of healthcare providers. We carefully analyzed all of the various user needs and built solutions for them into precyseCode. We are extremely pleased with the result, and believe that it is the type of single solution that providers will need to be successful in the future.”

A key feature of precyseCode is its NLC capability, which reads both structured and unstructured data and reorganizes it into better, more understandable information that supports powerful capture and interpretation of clinical findings. This episode-specific patient narrative is then electronically tagged to be easily searched, mined and analyzed. Combined with NLC, real-time dashboards provide a unified view for everyone involved in the documentation workflow process. And since precyseCode already includes SNOMED (Systemized Nomenclature of Medicine) and ICD-10 codes, it allows coders to begin learning ICD-10 immediately, offsetting any anticipated declines in productivity and assuring a smooth transition in October 2013.

Lacy also noted that precyseCode offers healthcare providers a means of reducing costs and finding new sources of revenue. “The product has been proven to minimize coding backlogs, facility DNFB levels, RAC exposure and denied claims and to accelerate revenue cycles,” he said. “By allowing and processing physician queries directly in the system, it allows clinical documentation that more accurately describes the level of care provided. And by making coders more productive, it reduces the need for outside contract staffing resources to accommodate overflow.”

PrecyseCode is already achieving noteworthy results in various healthcare organizations around the nation. For example, Precyse and M*Modal have partnered with Geisinger Health System to put precyseCode’s ICD-10-ready automated clinical documentation and NLC coding software to work.  At Geisinger, the software will bridge medical dictation, transcription, coding and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) processes by capturing physician dictation, editing it, coding it and directing it into electronic health record (EHR) software platform. Based in Danville, Pa., Geisinger Health System is widely recognized for its implementation of innovative care models and deployment of state of the art technologies. Using precyseCode, Geisinger physicians can dictate directly into the EHR with minimal impact to their workflow patterns. Clinical information is electronically tagged to be easily searched, mined and analyzed by healthcare team members responsible for driving hospital care and outcomes. Geisinger and Precyse aim to see this collaborative technology replicated across the country.

“Our main goals are to optimize the coding process, improve workflow and accelerate ICD-10 transition,” said Joan Topper, Vice President, IT Optimization, Geisinger Health System. “The management and coding teams at Geisinger are already seeing early improvements in both productivity and workflow, and I’m confident that this trend will continue as we go forward.  We are all very excited to use one system that meets all of our facility and professional coding needs.”

The Baptist Health System (BHS) in Birmingham, Ala., also uses precyseCode to resolve a variety of challenges in its centralized coding department that supports four acute care hospital operations.  According to Chloe Phillips, Corporate Director of HIM, BHS, “precyseCode technologies have simplified processes and streamlined our workflow. It has been instrumental in increasing productivity, accuracy and quality, while accelerating our revenue cycle and significantly reducing costs.”

About Precyse Advanced Technologies

Precyse Advanced Technologies (PAT) is the R&D division of Precyse. Software products built by PAT were designed to accelerate the capture and utilization of the patient story and advance the transformation of clinical data into meaningful health information. These products accelerate hospital and health system revenue cycles with precyseCode™, the most comprehensive, intelligent workflow and collaboration solution available today. With its proprietary Natural Language Comprehension™, Computer-Assisted Coding and robust content knowledge, precyseCode has been engineered to deliver greater coding speed and productivity, and lead the healthcare industry through the migration to ICD-10 and the costly, time time-consuming process of improving clinical documentation. This flexible software solution can be delivered standalone or complemented by a professional staff of more than 1,200 experts. Precyse Advanced Technologies is an affiliate of Precyse, sparking operational excellence and superior financial performance for more than 850 hospitals and health systems nationwide. Now in its twelfth year, Precyse continues to lead the industry with its Transcription, Coding, Health Information Management, Oncology Data Management and Clinical Documentation Improvement services. To learn more, visit www.precyse.com

About M*Modal

M*Modal, the market leader in advanced Speech Understanding™ technology, combines industry leading technology and clinical documentation services to produce highly accurate, structured, encoded and shareable medical documents to facilitate the use and adoptability of electronic health records. More than 800 healthcare organizations nationwide utilize M*Modal’s solutions to increase patient safety and promote continuity of patient care. For more information, please visit www.mmodal.com.

About Precyse

Precyse provides industry leading expert services and comprehensive technologies that empower healthcare organizations to most effectively and efficiently capture, organize, secure and analyze clinical data and transform it into actionable information, supporting the delivery of quality patient care and optimizing operating performance. Precyse has enabled more than 850 hospitals and health systems nationwide to improve efficiency and deliver tangible outcomes for more than a decade. With products ranging from an integrated transcription and coding platform with advanced speech recognition, expert workflow technologies and Natural Language Comprehension™ to HIM consulting and services, Precyse’s flexible software can be delivered standalone or complemented by a professional staff of more than 1,200 experts. Now more than ever, hospitals and health systems are challenged to achieve meaningful use of the legal health record. Precyse is the partner hospitals across the country choose to achieve this goal. To learn more, visit www.precyse.com.

May 5, 2011 I Written By