CodeRyte shows upgraded IR coding tool at SIR

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CodeRyte Inc. has introduced improvements to its web-enabled Interventional Radiology (IR) application, designed to further facilitate, manage and appropriately maximize the complex IR coding process. These upgrades were introduced this week at the annual scientific meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), in Toronto.

The improved application uses detailed, anatomically accurate diagrams of the male and female circulatory systems to allow the physician and coder to visualize the catheterization from beginning to end.  The anatomical diagram, which also serves as a coder’s reference tool, is now integrated directly into the coding form, allowing the coder to zoom in and out or pan throughout the anatomy. Other new features include:

  • Coders are able to support code assignments with text evidence identified directly from the medical reports;
  • Provides coders with a list of appropriate terms to choose from once they type in only as many letters as are needed to identify the appropriate term;
  • Enable coders to print the highlighted vascular diagram to retain for documentation of the bill, to communicate with the physician or to use for educational purposes; and
  • Improves the ergonomics and layout of the graphical user interface.

Interventional Radiologists’ reports are rich in language and the procedures are complicated, which makes IR coding difficult, time consuming and prone to errors that work against the physician.

“In many ways, the coding engine analyzes the note the same way your brain would; by highlighting the important information and then organizing it in order to select the appropriate codes,” said Rick Toren, founder and president, CodeRyte. “The entire coding process becomes quicker for the coders and the graphical depiction of the catheterization helps ensure consistency and alignment between the documentation and coding processes.”

CodeRyte designed its Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology to process the physician’s free text, thus physicians can maintain the full color of their narrative and the power of their observations without fearing that important billing information will be obscured, the company said.