Responsible for coding approximately 380,000 episodes annually, clinical coders at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust review documentation across several systems. The overwhelming amount of data, burdensome manual review processes, and limited coding resources made reviewing all data unfeasible. To address its coding challenges, Guy’s and St Thomas’ leveraged its data platform to combine and standardise data across disparate source systems. The organization now has access to data and technology that can be used to augment coders’ work, automating data gathering to better identify patients whose diagnostic coding could be improved.
- 800 patients with missing obesity diagnosis code identified in just one month, representing a value of £1.5M ($1.9M) annually.
- 250 patients with AKI and/or CKD identified in just one month, representing a value of £100K ($130K) annually.
- 50 patients with vitamin D deficiency identified in just one week, representing a value of £100K ($130K) annually.