Meta Health Technology Announces eCDI Product -- New Hospital Software Automates Clinical Documentation Improvement Process and Delivers Immediate ROI

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Meta Health Technology has introduced its web-based eCDI software product. The new hospital software automates all elements of the Clinical Documentation Improvement process and includes Meta's powerful Electronic Physician Query software. Benefits for hospitals include streamlined CDI workflow, improved physician query response rate, robust reporting and improved reimbursement.

Meta Health Technology announced at the 81st AHIMA Convention in Grapevine, Texas the introduction of its web-based eCDI software product. The new software automates all elements of the Clinical Documentation Improvement process, and includes Meta's powerful Electronic Physician Query software. Benefits for hospitals include a streamlined CDI workflow, improved physician query response rate, robust reporting and improved reimbursement.

eCDI Software Helps "Jump Start" Concurrent Case Reviews
Meta developed the new eCDI software in response to widespread hospital implementation of clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs. CDI Specialists often have to waste valuable time manually creating worklists from hardcopy hospital census reports in order to identify cases for review or follow-up. The eCDI software automatically presents Specialists with their work assignments, enabling them to "jump start" their case reviews as soon as they walk in the door. eCDI also includes Meta's powerful Electronic Physician Query software, so that CDI Specialists can easily initiate concurrent queries, right from the nursing unit.

According to Barbara Hinkle-Azzara, Meta's Chief Product Strategist, "Our new eCDI product dramatically streamlines workflow. It walks the CDI Specialist through all the steps of the case review process, beginning with easy access to the case review list. Specialists can review coding or DRG scenarios in a side-by-side comparison, making it easy to quickly identify opportunities for documentation improvement. Best of all, our powerful Electronic Physician Query tool is built right into the workflow, allowing Specialists to easily send and receive required physician queries."

eCDI Delivers Financial Benefits
In today's business environment, health care institutions are highly selective in their technology investments. eCDI -- and the related Electronic Physician Query product --offer hospital decision-makers a proven track record of delivering a rapid return on investment.

"Hospitals have long needed to address documentation improvement as a component of quality patient care. With MS-DRGs there is also a financial incentive to address it," says Eli Nahmias, President and CEO of Meta Health Technology. "We built eCDI to address hospitals' concurrent documentation improvement initiatives. It is a natural outgrowth of our Electronic Physician Query product, which has already generated significant revenue increases for our clients. We believe this new tool will ensure a higher level of documentation quality while improving reimbursement for hospitals."

About Meta Health Technology
Meta Health Technology is a full-service provider of health information management solutions for hospitals, clinics, physician group practices and long-term care facilities. Headquartered in New York City, the company has served the healthcare industry exclusively for 30 years. Meta's clients range from small community hospitals to many of the largest and most prestigious medical facilities across the United States and in Canada. The company provides a level of client service that is unmatched in the industry.

Meta's health information management software automates critical HIM functions, including abstracting and coding, physician query, clinical documentation improvement, chart analysis and completion, release of information, chart tracking, electronic signature, document management, RAC audit management, electronic medical record, reporting and compliance, and department management.

More information about Meta Health Technology is available at http://www.metahealth.com, or by calling 800-334-6840.

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