At the recent HIMSS Virtual Conference and Expo, big data was a top topic. One speaker focused on the fragmentation of data.

Healthcare IT News brought this topic to our attention in their article, “5 basics of big data.” The separation of data is most prevalent in the healthcare environments. The many separate repositories of information create a natural environment for disconnected and fragmented data.

This on top of the current challenges of the ICD-10 delay can create great concern among healthcare providers. Medical coding requires specialized expertise and systems tailored to the regulatory requirements in which health care providers, hospitals, and doctors deliver their services. Access Innovations, Inc., a leader in data integrity and content creation, offers tools and services for quality assurance and validation of medical coding. The cost savings are potentially huge.

Melody K. Smith

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