Ingenix, a software vendor owned by UnitedHealth Group, will acquire A-Life Medical of San Diego, which sells computer-assisted coding software, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition is Ingenix's sixth announced buy of 2010.

A-Life Medical's LifeCode application uses national language processing technology to "read" clinical documentation, decipher the meaning and context of words, identify diagnoses and procedures provided during an encounter, and recommend appropriate ICD-9 and CPT-4 codes.

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