Chart analysis helps Cleveland Clinic uncover patient complications

Cleveland Clinic is using a new application from 3M to help identify inpatient complications more quickly while improving clinical documentation, according to Health Data Management.

The initiative, known as DERT (Documentation, Extracting, Reporting, and Transformation), has been applied to heart patients since April. Cleveland Clinic is now trying out DERT in its urology department, as well as the urology and cardiac departments of affiliated community hospitals.

The application that the Cleveland Clinic is using, 3M's 360 Encompass System, includes computer-assisted coding, clinical document improvement and performance monitoring. The program's analysis of chart data allows users to detect and fix discrepancies. It also reviews diagnoses and draws physicians' attention to potential complications.

Because of the latter capability, Cleveland Clinic executives believed that the software could be used to improve the quality of care. They won't know whether this is the case until they receive third quarter quality scores late this year and compare it to baseline data the organization has submitted to the University Healthcare Consortium in Cleveland. But the indications so far are good, a Cleveland Clinic official told Health Data Management.

The 3M 360 Encompass System, designed to optimize reimbursement and aid hospitals in the transition to the ICD-10 diagnostic codes, also is being used by the Hays (Kan.) Medical Center, Intermountain Health Care in Salt Lake City, Multicare Health System in Tacoma, Wash., and Trinity Health, based in Monarch Beach, Calif., according to 3M.

To learn more:
- read the Health Data Management article
- see the 3M press release on the 360 Encompass System