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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 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 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 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 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.

Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) Partners with Merge Healthcare to meet Meaningful Use Requirements

CDI will leverage Merge RIS™ v7.0 in conjunction with the installed Merge RIS solution to meet the evolving Meaningful Use system certification requirements.  The Merge RIS solution offers access to a patient portal, integrated e-prescribing and clinical decision support capabilities, as well as the functionality to capture and report on current and future metrics required to demonstrate Meaningful Use of electronic health records.

CDI, one of the country’s largest physician-led radiology providers, adopts Merge’s solutions nationally

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Merge Healthcare Incorporated (NASDAQ: MRGE), a global corporation dedicated to health IT interoperability solutions, today announced that Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI), an outpatient imaging provider with more than 58 diagnostic imaging centers in nine states, has selected Merge Healthcare for its Meaningful use needs.

CDI will leverage Merge RIS™ v7.0 in conjunction with the installed Merge RIS solution to meet the evolving Meaningful Use system certification requirements. “Not only was Merge able to demonstrate a clear path to meet Meaningful Use requirements for radiology, it is also providing the flexibility we need to integrate their solution with our existing technology,” said Steve Fischer, Chief Information Officer, CDI.

The Merge RIS solution offers access to a patient portal, integrated e-prescribing and clinical decision support capabilities, as well as the functionality to capture and report on current and future metrics required to demonstrate Meaningful Use of electronic health records.

“Innovative providers like CDI are demonstrating how radiologists can meet Meaningful Use requirements while streamlining their processes and meeting the highest patient quality metrics,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “With more than ninety percent of radiologists considered eligible professionals for Meaningful Use1, we are excited to create a platform to support this important specialty in the healthcare industry.”

1Diagnostic Imaging, October 13, 2010

Merge Healthcare Incorporated develops and integrates information technology to create a better electronic healthcare experience. Merge products, ranging from standards-based development toolkits to sophisticated clinical applications, have been used by healthcare providers, vendors and researchers worldwide for over 20 years. Additional information can be found at www.merge.com.

Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI)

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) is a leader in high-quality, cost-effective, outpatient radiology imaging services since 1981. The organization currently owns, manages and/or operates more than 58 diagnostic imaging centers in nine states, including Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. CDI partners with radiologists, hospitals and health systems to offer physician-led radiology services and the expertise of subspecialized radiologists focused on neurological, spine, musculoskeletal, body, breast and cardiovascular imaging, in addition to advanced diagnostic injections and pain management procedures. For more information, visit CDI’s website at www.CDIradiology.com.

May 5, 2011 I Written By

Nuance and 3M Team to Deliver Next Generation ICD-10-Ready Clinical Documentation Solutions

Leaders in Healthcare IT Break Barriers in Clinical Documentation Improvement and Coding; CLU-Powered, ICD-10-Ready Solutions to Set Industry Standard for Accuracy and Efficiency

Burlington, MA., February 16, 2011 — Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) and 3M Health Information Systems, two leaders in healthcare IT, today announced a broad, strategic partnership in which the companies are working together to deliver a suite of next generation, ICD-10-ready clinical documentation and coding solutions.  As part of the collaboration, the companies will introduce Computer-Assisted Physician Documentation™ (CAPD), technology that will provide breakthrough advancements in clinical document improvement (CDI).  Powered by Nuance’s advanced speech recognition and Clinical Language Understanding (CLU) technologies, and integrating 3M’s extensive CDI content and expertise, the use of CAPD will become a core component to provider organizations’ clinical documentation workflow.

CAPD is designed to accelerate healthcare organizations’ transition to ICD-10, a new medical coding standard that will be mandated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in October 2013.  By combining Nuance’s speech recognition and CLU capabilities with 3M’s experience in developing and implementing ICD-10 coding products and services around the world, the companies will deliver solutions to empower healthcare organizations to create and use high-quality clinical documentation to optimize the accuracy and efficiency of their coding.

“High-quality clinical documentation is a driving force behind clinical, business and compliance decisions.  By transforming healthcare organizations’ clinical data into actionable information, we are delivering a new level of medical intelligence that, in the case of Computer-Assisted Physician Documentation, will not only bring substantial improvements to physician workflow; it also will facilitate more precise and complete coding and more accurate claims,” said Janet Dillione, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Healthcare.  “The combined capabilities of Nuance and 3M will uniquely enable clinical documentation improvement at the point-of-dictation.  Our shared focus is on helping healthcare organizations create ICD-10-ready clinical documentation that will streamline coding, reimbursement and drive financial performance.”

CAPD will support physicians throughout the entire clinical documentation process, providing instant access to information needed to support documentation decisions.  As part of the CAPD workflow, clinicians will be able to use speech-recognized dictation to document patient encounters in their own words, preserving the unique patient story, while also incorporating relevant structured data.  When necessary, automated prompts will signal physicians for additional information to help improve documentation and to generate sufficient detail for both ICD-9 and ICD-10 coding.  Nuance and 3M customers who utilize Dragon® Medical, eScription® or Dictaphone® Enterprise Speech System will have the option to purchase the new CAPD solution.

“Healthcare reform, changes in reimbursement and quality reporting, and the complex transition to ICD-10 are presenting huge challenges to physicians in how they document the patient episode,” said Jon T. Lindekugel, President, 3M Health Information Systems.  “CAPD from 3M and Nuance is a breakthrough technology that will help physicians capture complete and accurate clinical documentation while saving time and reducing costs. Achieving documentation best practices can have a profound impact on a hospital’s efficiency, quality of care, reputation, and profitability.”

By intelligently determining that all required information is present, specific and clear, including accurate reflection of severity and risk of mortality, CAPD will align clinical documentation from the electronic health record (EHR) with what is coded.  This streamlined process is designed to reduce audit risks and significantly decrease CDI staff inquiries to physicians for more information, enabling more time for patient care.

“Computer-Assisted Physician Documentation is a game-changing advancement to what today the healthcare industry calls Clinical Documentation Improvement or CDI.  The ability to prompt physicians for clinical specificity at the time of documentation is really groundbreaking.  It will streamline workflow for physicians and will eliminate time-consuming and distractive queries after the fact,” said Joan Scully, former Senior Director, Revenue Cycle Management at the Cleveland Clinic and President/CEO of Scully Healthcare Consulting.  “The work that Nuance and 3M have underway is going to significantly simplify the process of creating high-quality clinical documentation.  In turn, these companies will help healthcare organizations ensure appropriate reimbursement, reduce compliance risk and meet the challenges of the upcoming ICD–10 transition.”

As part of the strategic relationship, 3M will also license Nuance’s CLU technology to advance its computer-assisted coding products for inpatient and physician-based coding.  The enhanced technology will streamline coding workflow, improve coder productivity under ICD-10, and support integration of 3M’s market-leading coding technology with its suite of mobile physician software applications.

The Nuance and 3M CAPD offering will be demonstrated at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference and exhibition in Nuance and 3M’s booths (#2744 and #3547), being held in Orlando, Fla., February 20-24.  The companies expect the CAPD solution to be released in the fall of 2011.

3M Health Information Systems

3M Health Information Systems delivers comprehensive software and consulting services to help organizations worldwide improve clinical documentation, quality, and financial performance across the healthcare continuum. 3M offers integrated solutions for medical records coding, ICD-10, dictation and transcription, speech recognition, clinical documentation improvement, quality, and data standardization and vocabularies, effectively meeting the industry’s changing needs. With more than 25 years of healthcare experience and expertise, 3M works as a trusted and stable business partner to provide reliable implementation, training, and support services. www.3Mhis.com

Nuance Healthcare

In the era of Accountable Healthcare, where there is shared responsibility for the quality and cost of patient care, Nuance Healthcare’s portfolio of Medical Intelligence solutions empower healthcare provider organizations, payers and individual physicians worldwide to deliver higher quality care, improve financial performance and enhance compliance efforts.  Nuance Healthcare employs a range of technologies and services as part of its full portfolio – speech recognition, clinical language understanding, decision support, test results management and data analysis.

For additional information on Nuance’s healthcare IT solutions visit: http://www.nuance.com/for-healthcare/index.htm

Clinical Language Understanding (CLU), Driven by Nuance

Nuance’s advancements in CLU empower physicians to document patient encounters and medical decision-making details in their own words via Nuance speech-recognized dictation, while simultaneously extracting key clinical data, including: patient complaints, physician-assessed diagnoses, medication and procedural treatments, and health-related habits.  With CLU healthcare organizations can better use the information captured within disparate medical records to make smarter clinical, business and compliance decisions.

Nuance Communications

Nuance Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of speech and imaging 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 information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com .

Trademark reference: Nuance, the Nuance logo, Dragon and Dragon Medical are registered trademarks or trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other company names or product names referenced herein may be the property of their respective owners.

Statements in this document regarding Nuance managements’ future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “expects,” or “estimates” or similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including: fluctuations in demand for Nuance’s existing and future products; economic conditions in the United States and abroad; the effects of competition, including pricing pressure; possible defects in Nuance’s products and technologies; the ability of Nuance to successfully integrate operations and employees of acquired businesses; the ability to realize anticipated synergies from acquired businesses; and the other factors described in Nuance’s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2010 and Nuance’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Nuance disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this document.

February 22, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 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.

The Valley Hospital and Webmedx Automates Chart Abstraction for Core Measures, Quality Measures, CDI, and Patient Safety

The Valley Hospital and Webmedx Partner to Reduce DNFB, Improve Clinical Documentation and Automate Quality Reporting

Natural Language Processing (NLP) Coupled with Clinical Documentation Services Boosts Core Measure Scores and Improves Coding Accuracy

Atlanta, GA (February 10, 2011)Webmedx, a leading medical content provider and the third largest medical transcription service in the U.S., today announced that The Valley Hospital, a 451-bed acute care facility and member of Valley Health System in Ridgewood, New Jersey, has begun an enterprise-wide implementation of Webmedx’s newest solution for clinical documentation improvement (CDI) and quality reporting, QualityAnalytics™. In addition, the organization recently installed Webmedx’s web-native technology, Enterprise5, for clinical documentation and is using the company’s Best in KLAS* outsourced transcription services to support over 800 physicians across all clinical departments.

“QualityAnalytics moves our medical record reviews from retrospective and manual to concurrent and automated,” mentions Dolores Sarra, HIM Director. By identifying and reviewing cases sooner, Sarra expects to shorten the entire revenue cycle and reduce discharged-not-final-billed. “Rather than querying physicians for quality issues or coding clarification after discharge, we’ll be able to immediately identify cases and take action to capture the documentation we need concurrently, while the patient is still in-house,” she adds. QualityAnalytics streamlines, automates and aggregates case review thereby doubling productivity. Quality nurses and other case reviewers review 100% more cases in 40-60% less time.

Brad Haspel, Assistant Vice President of Ancillary Services at The Valley Hospital, was instrumental in naming Webmedx as the organization’s new clinical documentation partner. “We selected Webmedx for their advanced technology infrastructure, extremely rapid report turnaround times and reputation for delivering on promises,” Haspel mentions. The company was tied for first place in keeping promises, according to the *KLAS 2010 “Transcription Services: Competition, Technology, and Consolidation report. Rated #1 in their category for professional services by KLAS two years in a row, Webmedx received the highest overall service score ever in 2009, and an even higher score of 92.3% in the 2010 Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards” report available at: www.KLASResearch.com. This achievement has never been equaled in the history of KLAS Research for this category.

An advanced NLP, text and data mining system, QualityAnalytics identifies and abstracts discrete information concurrently from narrative, free-text documents and other clinical systems, and converts it to actionable data for a variety of secondary uses. Discrete data derived from narrative reports, Narradata™, can be used for upload to the EHR, clinical documentation improvement (CDI), coding reviews, RAC audits, patient safety, core measures monitoring and more. Users conduct ad hoc searches on virtually any phrase or diagnostic code using the NLP engine, without the need for custom reports or IT department intervention.

“The future of Webmedx is clinical document intelligence through searchable text and narrative informatics,” mentions Sean Carroll, CEO, Webmedx. “We are honored to partner with The Valley Hospital in these three clinical documentation areas,” he concludes.

About Webmedx

Webmedx, Inc. is the 3rd largest supplier of transcription and editing services and clinical documentation technology for hospitals and clinics nationally. The company designs and implements physician-centric documentation and data mining solutions using the most credentialed domestic workforce in the industry and its own enterprise-class, speech recognition and clinical content management technology platforms. Webmedx delivers the highest-quality clinical documentation possible supporting clinical data analytics, quality reporting, patient care and safety. For more information, go to www.webmedx.com, email sales@webmedx.com, or call 1-877-846-1200.

About The Valley Hospital

The Valley Hospital is a 451-bed, acute care, not-for-profit hospital. Valley is the second busiest hospital in the state of New Jersey, based on admissions.  Valley was the first hospital in the tri-state area to be recognized for service excellence under the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital Program, and is the only hospital in the country to be recognized eight consecutive times.  Valley has been honored twice with “Magnet” designation – the nursing profession’s highest honor – from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  The Hospital has also earned an impressive 10 Gold Seals of Approval for healthcare quality from the Joint Commission, placing it among an elite group of hospitals to achieve this number of Disease-Specific Certifications. Valley holds Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, knee replacement, hip replacement, stroke, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer. The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.  For six consecutive years Valley has been designated one of the 50 Best Places to Work in New Jersey by NJBIZ, New Jersey’s only weekly business publication.

February 10, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 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.