Automating the clinical coding process has led to improved compliance and data quality
The implementation of automation in the outpatient clinic’s procedure coding process allows Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust to comply with the Outpatient Commissioning Data Set (CDS) and ensure proper financial reimbursement. The manual process was time-consuming and prone to errors, which led to reduced income for the Trust and delayed submission penalties. By implementing automation, the process was made more efficient, resulting in cost savings and improved data accuracy. The automation also provides near-real-time access to data, allowing for more efficient data processing and improved decision-making processes. The time saved from automation will be utilised to meet the Trust’s annual coding audit requirements and perform additional data quality checks, further improving financial outcomes.