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Victoria-based Alfred Health has chosen 3M’s clinical documentation integrity and computer-assisted coding system to enhance documentation and streamline procedures.  

WHY IT MATTERS

Alfred Health will use the 3M 360 Encompass System to integrate and automate CDI, medical documents clinical coding and performance monitoring across all its facilities. 3M’s CDI and coding system are currently used by over 2,000 healthcare organisations across the United States, Canada and Europe.

The technology will allow the hospital to improve, query and track documentation for optimum coded information, ” increasing coding productivity, appropriate diagnosis-related group capture and reimbursement and actionable information to support the improvement of patient results “, 3M said in a statement.

The CDI and coding system will also be integrating with Alfred Health’s Cerner EMR recording system to fix the inefficiencies of having multiple programming, documentation query workflows and additional costs and burden of disconnected systems.

According to 3M, its solution promotes the complete capture of patient complexity in clinical coding and documentation “to accurately reflect case-mix and significantly decrease the time and resources necessary to effectively collaborate across multiple workstreams. “

“With 3M Codefinder as its foundation, 3M 360 Encompass System integrates all of the current Australian ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS coding content, rules and functionality which were developed with clients ‘ input within the past 30 years, ” the firm said.

Besides the 360 Encompass System, 3M will also deploy its Business Process Advisory Service, a computer-assisted doctor documentation solution named 3MTM CDI EngageTM, along with the 3MTM Advanced CDI Program, a CDI consulting and education programme.

THE LARGER TREND

In March, US-based Michigan Medicine contracted 3M to improve its clinical electronic health record documentation. The package of AI-powered solutions, including the 360 Encompass System, has been incorporated across its three hospitals and 125 clinical systems.

The following month saw 3M launch a new platform to allow healthcare providers and payers to prioritise care for high-risk inhabitants. The company said in a statement that the system combines clinical, social and public health data to create a comprehensive picture of patient health.

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