T-System Announces New Patent Filed for ICD-10-CM Technology for ER Documentation

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New Technology Helps Ensure Specificity While Protecting Physician Productivity

Our goal was to go beyond ICD-10 compliance; we reduced the burden of an ED needing intensive clinical re-training, while protecting physician documentation efficiency and reimbursement. - Robert Hitchcock, M.D., FACEP

T-System Inc. today announced a new patent application filing for an ICD-10-CM feedback feature included with the spring software release of EV™, an emergency department information system (EDIS).

The patent-pending technology involves an automated, multi-level feedback system that helps clinicians document accurately for ICD-10-CM without any interruption in workflow. Clinical content consistent with ICD-10-CM terminology and structure has been built into the system. Color coding, optimized for color-blindness, and symbols alert clinicians to insufficient documentation that can result in less specific ICD-10-CM codes, and a feedback viewer specifies which areas of documentation are incomplete. Once documentation is completed by the clinician, an ICD-10-CM code is produced by the system.

“We strove to develop a more optimal solution to enable ICD-10-CM-ready documentation,” said Mark Pilarski, vice president of solution management at T-System. “Relying on the clinician to select the right code or the coder to do all of the work post-documentation is likely to lead to less specific codes which may result in claim delays or outright rejections. We spent over a year building specific ICD-10 clinical content with intelligent feedback and code generation into our system in a way that no other EHR has done.”

T-System clinically reviewed approximately 68,000 codes and incorporated the ones pertinent to the emergency department (ED). ICD-10-CM jargon was translated into a language more well-suited for emergency care while maintaining the familiar documentation convention of T-System’s circles and backslashes.

“We built the ICD-10-ready software with intensive feedback and input from ED physicians and coding experts," said Robert Hitchcock, M.D., FACEP and chief medical informatics officer at T-System. “We have a deep understanding of emergency care. Our goal was to go beyond ICD-10 compliance; we reduced the burden of an ED needing intensive clinical re-training, while protecting physician documentation efficiency and reimbursement.”

The T-System patent titled, “Systems and Methods for Coding Data from a Medical Encounter,” application number 14170437, was filed in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Jan. 31, 2014.

About T-System
T-System Inc. advances the practice of emergency medicine with solutions proven to solve clinical, financial, operational and regulatory challenges for hospitals and urgent care clinics. About 40 percent of the nation’s EDs use T-System solutions to provide an unmatched patient experience. Through gold-standard documentation, revenue cycle management and performance-enhancing solutions, T-System optimizes care delivery from the front door through discharge and beyond. Today, more than 1,900 facilities across all 50 states rely on T-System solutions. For more information, visit http://www.tsystem.com. Follow @TSystem on Twitter and LinkedIn, or become a T-System fan on Facebook.

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