Geisinger Health System Achieves Positive Results with Precyse's Innovative Workflow Solution

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 General News
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Early Results Validate Ability of precyseCode™ to Improve Coding Efficiency, Prepare for ICD-10

DANVILLE, Pa., WAYNE, Pa. and ALPHARETTA, Ga., May 25, 2011

/PRNewswire/ -- Geisinger Health System, widely recognized for its implementation of innovative care models, is among the first healthcare organizations in the nation to deploy advanced technology that combines a Computer-Assisted Coding application with Natural Language Comprehension™ (NLC) in order to improve clinical documentation and coding accuracy. Just six months after announcing its partnership with Precyse, a leader in health information management (HIM) services and technologies, Geisinger has announced that it is already achieving positive results with precyseCode™, the industry's first computer-assisted and NLC-driven intelligent workflow solution. This powerful combination provides a single, comprehensive platform to optimize coding processes, accelerate revenue cycles, and support healthcare organizations as they navigate compliance challenges, Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) initiatives, migrate to ICD-10, and meet health reform and Meaningful Use initiatives head on.

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The Power of Natural Language Comprehension Outpaces Coding-Only Solutions

Driven by state-of-the-art technologies that process and understand human voice, converting it to structured and tagged text and transforming it into actionable information, precyseCode features Computer-Assisted Coding that uses NLC to create a patient's clinical story, allowing for the assignment of appropriate, compliant ICD-9 and ICD-10 diagnosis codes, procedure codes and SNOMED (Systemized Nomenclature of Medicine) clinical terminology. NLC is achieved through the unique combination of M*Modal's contextual understanding technology with Precyse's collaborative technology platform and extensive coding and clinical documentation expertise. The NLC capability reads both structured and unstructured data and reorganizes it into better, more understandable information that supports powerful capture and interpretation of clinical findings. This episode-specific patient narrative is then electronically tagged to be easily searched, mined and analyzed. Since precyseCode already includes SNOMED and ICD-10 codes, it allows coders to begin learning ICD-10 immediately, offsetting any anticipated declines in productivity and assuring a smooth transition in October 2013.

PrecyseCode at Geisinger: One System to Optimize Coding Processes, Improve Workflow & Accelerate ICD-10 Transition

At Geisinger, precyseCode is being implemented to bridge the electronic health record (EHR), dictation, transcription, coding and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) processes by capturing, editing, coding, and directing physician dictation into Geisinger's EHR software platform. Geisinger physicians will be able to dictate directly into the EHR with minimal impact to their current workflow patterns. Clinical information is electronically tagged to be easily searched, mined and analyzed by healthcare team members responsible for driving hospital care and outcomes. Geisinger and Precyse aim to see this collaborative technology replicated across the country.

"We made the decision to partner with Precyse because we shared in their vision about how Natural Language Comprehension could be applied to CAC technology to significantly accelerate the revenue cycle," said Barbara Tapscott, Vice President Revenue Cycle, Geisinger Health System. "Though we are still early on in our implementation of precyseCode, the results we are achieving thus far are already validating our combined vision. I have no doubt that the improvement will continue and that we will be well prepared for ICD-10 and other challenges on the horizon."

"What we are achieving at Geisinger Health System with precyseCode is truly unique," said Ken Lacy, President and General Manager of Precyse Advanced Technologies, the R&D division of Precyse. "There are a multitude of coding-only solutions in the market right now, but what makes precyseCode different is that it is the only platform available that goes beyond coding to unify and optimize the entire clinical documentation workflow process. By integrating NLC, precyseCode provides a distinct advantage in coding quality and productivity, taking into account workflow preferences to help people do their work faster and more accurately. We've already seen 20% increases in coder productivity with precyseCode, and we expect that figure to climb as high as 50% as the system 'learns' from its earlier coding assignments."

Accelerate Your ICD-10 Transition: Real Insights from Geisinger

In order to share its best practices and evolving success with an NLC-enabled CAC solution, Geisinger, in conjunction with Precyse, will host a webinar titled "Best Practices in Natural Language Comprehension™: Collaborative Workflow to Accelerate Meaningful Use and Prepare for ICD-10" on Thursday, May 26 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT. Featured presenters include Sue Trewhella, RHIT, CPCAHIMA, Certified ICD-10 Trainer, Senior Director, Revenue Cycle, Coding Operations & Compliance, Geisinger Health System, as well as Dee Lang, RHIT, VP, Product Management and Strategy and Michelle M. Wieczorek, RN, RHIT, CPHQ, Senior Business Analyst, both of Precyse Advanced Technologies. The webinar is designed to help attendees understand the science behind NLC, learn how NLC collaborative workflow improves coding quality and productivity, recognize why this technology is a necessity in the EHR toolkit, identify the benefits of NLC in the HIM department, hear provider insights on how NLC is being used to accelerate Meaningful Use and ICD-10 preparations and see how NLC can positively impact management, coders and physicians. For registration information, visit

About Geisinger Health System

Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development and implementation of innovative care models including advanced medical home and ProvenCare® ("warranty") program. The system serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 42 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, visit

About Precyse Advanced Technologies

Precyse Advanced Technologies (PAT) is the R&D division of Precyse. Software products built by PAT were designed to accelerate the capture and utilization of the patient story and advance the transformation of clinical data into meaningful health information. These products accelerate hospital and health system revenue cycles with precyseCode™, the most comprehensive, intelligent workflow and collaboration solution available today. With its proprietary Natural Language Comprehension™, Computer-Assisted Coding and robust content knowledge, precyseCode has been engineered to deliver greater coding speed and productivity, and lead the healthcare industry through the migration to ICD-10 and the costly, time time-consuming process of improving clinical documentation. This flexible software solution can be delivered standalone or complemented by a professional staff of more than 1,200 experts. Precyse Advanced Technologies is an affiliate of Precyse, sparking operational excellence and superior financial performance for more than 850 hospitals and health systems nationwide. Now in its twelfth year, Precyse continues to lead the industry with its Transcription, Coding, Health Information Management, Oncology Data Management and Clinical Documentation Improvement services. To learn more, visit

About Precyse

Precyse provides industry leading expert services and comprehensive technologies that empower healthcare organizations to most effectively and efficiently capture, organize, secure and analyze clinical data and transform it into actionable information, supporting the delivery of quality patient care and optimizing operating performance. Precyse has enabled more than 850 hospitals and health systems nationwide to improve efficiency and deliver tangible outcomes for more than a decade. With products ranging from an integrated transcription and coding platform with advanced speech recognition, expert workflow technologies and Natural Language Comprehension™ to HIM consulting and services, Precyse's flexible software can be delivered standalone or complemented by a professional staff of more than 1,200 experts. Now more than ever, hospitals and health systems are challenged to achieve meaningful use of the legal health record. Precyse is the partner hospitals across the country choose to achieve this goal. To learn more, visit  

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Media Contact: Beth Emmert, Precyse 610-688-2464

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