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3M Awarded Contract By Banner Health For 3M 360 Encompass System

3M Health Information Systems has been awarded a contract by Banner Health that will expand the organization’s portfolio of 3M products to include the 3M 360 Encompass System. The system’s integrated computer-assisted coding and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) technology will assist Banner Health – one of the nation’s largest nonprofit healthcare systems – in addressing the challenges of healthcare reform and ICD-10 adoption in 2014.

With auto-suggested codes and real-time prompts for clinical documentation specificity delivered across all CDI and coding processes, the 3M 360 Encompass System promotes optimal capture of patient severity in physician documentation and reduces the time needed to prepare physicians for ICD-10. Coders and CDI specialists access a common view of the patient information, which promotes streamlined processes, increased communication, strengthened collaboration and actionable data to improve patient care.

“Partnering with 3M allows us to leverage technology in new and exciting ways,” said Jaime James, MHA, RHIA, System HIMS Director at Banner Health. “With 3M’s coding logic and NLP technology we can bring the workflow of our CDI specialists and coders together to achieve new efficiencies. This makes it an important part of our ICD-10 mitigation strategy.”

“ICD-10 will require increased clinical documentation specificity to capture the most complete code assignments,” added Jane Walters, MA, RHIA, Senior Coding Director at Banner Health. “The volume of information and clinical documentation in the electronic health record makes CDI and coding processes more challenging. We anticipate the 3M 360 Encompass System will positively impact our physician documentation clarification process, which will ultimately reduce rework and increase productivity across the enterprise.”

Banner Health joins 117 leading hospitals and health systems, representing more than 500 facilities, that have awarded contracts to 3M for the 3M 360 Encompass System. The integrated solution is the only automated coding and documentation improvement system built on 3M coding and grouping logic that leverages 3M natural language processing (NLP) technology and coding rules.

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