Feds looking for mobile app to improve clinical coding and documentation

The federal Department of Health has issued a request for tender on behalf of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) for a mobile app to improve clinical documentation and coding in patient medical records.

The tender says the IHPA is looking for an app that clinicians can use in their day-to-day work and includes content that applies Australian coding standards and prompts clinicians to use accurate medical terminology when describing symptoms, diagnostic testing, results and treatment.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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+2 # Guy Cooper 2017-02-03 10:01
The idea, in theory, is great but in order to drive adoption you will need to hook into the existing behaviours and workflows of clinicians and not just provide another separate application and another thing for them to do and expect them to use it.
I'd recommend starting the process within one clinical discipline and exploring how, with that group of clinicians, could you leverage existing processes or behaviours and incorporate the content into those processes and iterating the resulting product from there.
0 # Telstra Health staff member 2017-02-07 12:26
From memory, software that met the requirements to participate in the PCEHR initial roll out in 2012-2013 required coded problems/condit ions and diagnosis in order to sync with the uploadable Health Summary. This was to ensure that whomever the Provider downloading the summary at the other end could see the appropriate diagnosis and vice-versa. Surely the same principle applies in terms of problems/condit ions and diagnosis options for selection for the Provider users that can then be reported on for the purpose of billings.

During this period a process had to be defined to educate the Doctor's on how to use the feature.

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