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Growing List of Providers Accelerate Revenue Cycles, Improve Clinical Documentation Through True Computer-Assisted Coding with Natural Language Comprehension™
Date:2/21/2012

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- HIMSS Booth #8116 -- Precyse, a leader in health information management (HIM) technologies and services, announced at the HIMSS 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition that the first wave of precyseCode™ adopters already are reporting measurable improvements in revenue cycle workflow, coding accuracy, and clinical documentation. In the past year, healthcare providers adopting Precyse's integrated health information management (HIM) and computer-assisted coding platform include Birmingham, Ala.–based Baptist Health System, St. Luke's Health System in Kansas City, Mo., Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa., Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, Sarasota, Fla., and Atlanta, Ga.–based Piedmont Healthcare.

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"Using precyseCode, we've seen a significant improvement in our coding department's quality, productivity and accuracy," said Chloe Phillips, corporate director of HIM, Baptist Health System, which implemented precyseCode while Precyse's services team supported its transition from on-site to remotely based coders. "We've set up a wonderful information-sharing structure, allowing the coders to exchange ideas and best practices, which have significantly improved the team's dynamics. Now, the coders are more engaged and communicative. They solve their problems together and work as a cohesive team. And we can oversee their efforts remotely, so employees don't feel like we're looking over their shoulders or micromanaging them."

With its debut at HIMSS 2011, precyseCode introduced the concept of integrating true computer-assisted and computer-automated coding (CAC) and Natural Language Comprehension™ (NLC) in an intelligent workflow solution, enabling productivity increases of 20–50%. The precyseDashboard™ inherent in precyseCode provides a unified view with widgets showing impacts on productivity, workflow, resources, and savings.

"PrecyseCode uses our NLC engine to create the patient's clinical story, allowing for the assignment of appropriate, compliant ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes, as well as supporting SNOMED clinical terminology," said Ken Lacy, president and general manager, Precyse Advanced Technologies. "PrecyseCode streamlines workflow by automating data collection and intelligently assigning charts to coders, and it integrates other capabilities including physician query, rules-based pre-billing quality assurance, and clinical documentation improvement. Moreover, our NLC engine is an adaptive technology that learns from coders' corrections to improve the accuracy of automated code assignment the next time around."

Earlier this month, The Advisory Board issued its review of precyseCode, which made its debut a year ago at HIMSS 2011. A hardbound copy of The Advisory Board's report, PrecyseCode™ – An Emerging Computer Assisted Coding Solution, is available at Precyse's HIMSS Booth #8116. Precyse also has copies available of a white paper by former AHIMA CEO Linda L. Kloss, RHIA, now principal of Kloss Strategic Advisors, Ltd., titled Health Information Management in 2016: The HIM industry's transformative journey to enterprise information management – what does the HIM Department of the future look like?

In the wake of last week's Health and Human Services announcement of a potential delay to the October 2013 ICD-10 deadline, precyseCode users have emphatically reaffirmed their commitment to CAC, ICD-10 education and other innovations supported by Precyse technologies and services.

"It's full steam ahead as far as our customers are concerned," commented Chris Powell, president, Precyse, noting that he spoke with several Precyse clients prior to attending HIMSS this week. "Clearly, ICD-10 compliance is a benefit, but not a driver, of our customers' efforts to automate their coding workflow and accelerate their revenue cycle."

About Baptist Health System
Baptist Health System, Inc., is one of the largest health care systems in Alabama and one of the state's largest employers. BHS is a not-for-profit, 501(c) corporation that owns and manages four hospitals in the state of Alabama. Baptist Health System was founded in Birmingham in 1922 by a group of Baptist congregations. It is a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association whose representatives elect the Board of Trustees. For more information, please visit www.bhsala.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 1,000 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.

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