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What are the Medical Coding Software Requirements?

AUTHORS

M Ahmadi 1 , L Shahmoradi 2 , * , M Hoseini 3 , R Bagherzadeh 4

AUTHORS INFORMATION

1 Assistance professor in Department of Management and Medical Information Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Ph.D. in Health Information Management

2 Faculty of member in School of Allied Medical Sciences, Tehran University of Medical Sciences

3 Masters of Science in Medical Records, School of Management and Medical Information Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences

4 Masters in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Faculty member of School of Management and Medical Information Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Shiraz E-Medical Journal: 11 (4); 225-243
Published Online: October 4, 2010
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 6, 2010
Accepted: July 30, 2010

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Abstract

Objective: To identify medical coding software requirements

Design: To identify medical coding software requirements, 15 medical coding software products used in Iran and 6 medical coding software products used in other countries, were surveyed. Based on a literature review, a checklist containing general and specific features of medical coding software was developed.

Measurement: The criteria used for this comparison are as follows: operating system type; connected to other departments or stand alone; and general and specific requirements of medical coding software.

Results: DOS and Windows operating systems were used in 4_(29%) and 11_(71%) software products, respectively. Just 3 software products were networked products, the others being stand alone. Flexibility and improvement were 42.8% and 41%, respectively. Numerical and alphabetic lists of diseases and surgeries enjoyed the highest and the lowest frequency with 93.3% and 6.6%, respectively. In general, there are lots of weaknesses in medical coding software products in Iran.

Conclusion: Some specific features should be included in medical coding software, such as: flexibility; user-friendliness; back up ability; satisfaction of health care needs; software support, data recovery: data sharing; parallel searching; data security, integrity, validity, and accessibility; databank coding; death information recording; and researcher identification.

Keywords

Classification Software, Coding, Computerized Medical Records Systems, Information Systems, Medical Records, Software

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