Lahey Clinic to Advance ICD-10 Preparation with 3M Computer-Assisted Coding Technology

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Lahey Clinic to Advance ICD-10 Preparation with 3M Computer-Assisted Coding Technology


Salt Lake City, Utah (August 25, 2011) -- Lahey Clinic, a nonprofit, physician-led medical center based in Burlington, Massachusetts, has selected computer-assisted coding technology from 3M Health Information Systems to streamline the inpatient and outpatient coding process and offset anticipated coder productivity losses with the transition to the ICD-10 coding standard.


"With more than 140,000 codes, ICD-10 will make the coding process much more complex. We knew our coders needed automated tools to make their work more efficient and less stressful," said Lori Jayne, Health Information Management Director and Privacy Officer for Lahey Clinic. "We've partnered with 3M for over 10 years and use their entire suite of coding products. 3M computer-assisted coding was the perfect fit because of how easy it is to integrate the technology with our coding workflow."


Lahey Clinic will implement 3M Codefinder Computer-Assisted Edition Software, which analyzes and interprets text from multiple documentation sources, and then maps it to the logic-based coding paths of the 3M Coding and Reimbursement System. The software improves coder productivity by reducing time-consuming chart review and helps coders identify missing information in physician documentation.


"Based on international experience with ICD-10 implementation, U.S. hospitals are anticipating a 30-50 percent reduction in productivity as coders begin using the new code sets," said Ray Terrill, Senior Vice President for 3M Health Information Systems. "The steep learning curve for coders to become efficient in ICD-10 is leading many of our clients to integrate computer-assisted coding with their coding and documentation improvement programs."


The contract also includes 3M Codefinder Auto Edition, an easy-to-use, web-based application that accelerates outpatient coding by importing reports directly from a document management system. Powered by CodeRyte's Natural Language Processing (NLP) engine, the software examines the text of a physician's report, assigns appropriate codes, and routs them either to final billing or to a coder for review and approval.


3M Health Information Systems is an international leader in coding and classification with more than 5,000 hospitals worldwide using 3M coding solutions to code and group patient data for decision support, quality measurement, and reimbursement.


Lahey Clinic, a physician-led, nonprofit group practice, is world-renowned for innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment, and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the Clinic provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation.


For more information about 3M computer-assisted coding solutions, visit or call 800-347-2447.


About 3M Health Information Systems

3M Health Information Systems delivers comprehensive software and consulting services to help organizations worldwide improve documentation, quality, and financial performance across the healthcare continuum. 3M offers integrated solutions for transcription, speech recognition, clinical documentation improvement, documentation management, computer-assisted coding, quality, and revenue cycle management, 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.


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