Gwinnett Health System, Lawrenceville, Georgia, will deploy computer-assisted coding technology from Ingenix and A-Life Medical. The two-hospital system cited an increased workload on its coding staff from the forthcoming ICD-10 system as a factor in buying the software. Set to take effect in Oct. 2013, ICD-10 greatly increases the number of diagnostic and procedure codes in play for hospitals. According to the vendors, the software is based on natural language processing that sifts through clinical documentation, deciphers the meaning, and then suggests relevant codes. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
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