The National Research Council released a report earlier this month that highlights the need for new systems to incorporate the health and disease-related information that continues to amass at an amazing rate, into a single resource that can help improve health outcomes.

We found this interesting information on PHG Foundation’s site in their article, “Medical data explosion requires urgent system changes.” The report suggests that a new disease taxonomy will be required to accommodate the massive amount of biological data being created. This is compounded by the new healthcare coding classification systems being  transitioned in between now and October 2013.

The new system has five times the number of codes and that makes thorough medical coding even more important. It requires specialized expertise and systems tailored to the regulatory requirements in which health care providers, hospitals, and doctors deliver their services. Errors cost money, period.

Access Innovations, Inc., a leader in data integrity and content creation, has announced the Access Innovations Integrity Initiative (AI³), a suite of tools and services for quality assurance and validation of medical coding. The system can be used to quickly and accurately validate medical coding or to locate errors in existing documentation.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.