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PPV: Computer-assisted coding may be wave of the future

HIM-HIPAA Insider, October 9, 2007

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Long gone are the days of tedious manual-based coding in which coders didn't have the luxury of access to encoders or the Internet. Today's coder is savvy in the ways of the electronic world--a world in which computers play a large role in the day-to-day coding routine.

And until now, coders have used computers only to assist in assigning codes. But imagine a world in which the computer itself reads the medical record, scans for vocabulary and syntax, and then assigns the code--all on its own. Sound like something out of the future?

Think again.

Editor's note: This article originally appeared on and was reprinted in the October 2007 issue of Medical Records Briefing. For more information on computer-assisted coding, click here. If you are not a subscriber of Medical Records Briefing, you can purchase this article for $10 by clicking on the link above.

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