Ingenix, A-Life combine coding tech for Georgia provider

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Gwinnett Health System in Lawrenceville, Ga., has selected computer-assisted coding technology from Ingenix and A-Life Medical to improve its coding process.

The Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Ingenix has combined its Web.Strat encoding tool with the San Diego-based A-Life Medical's computer-assisted coding technology to help Gwinnett's two acute-care facilities, an inpatient rehabilitation center and a skilled nursing facility with claim coding, staff productivity and administrative costs.

The technology is supported by LifeCode, a natural language processing system that automates the reading of clinical documentation, deciphers the meaning and context of words within medical records and recommends codes, according to Gwinnett. Medical coding staff at Gwinnett can then either confirm the suggested codes or conduct additional research to validate them, the organization added.