Every year, thousands of clinical coders sit down and painstakingly read through countless pages of patient notes. The purpose of this arduous task? To convert the raw data into specific diagnoses and procedures, defined by national and international standards, and assign corresponding codes to these. These codes indicate the precise nature of the treatment carried out, and can be used to inform a number of subsequent operational steps, including medical billing, health resource allocation, clinical research, and many more. But what if this critical yet laborious process could be automated?
To help make the vision of accelerated medical translation a reality, Deloitte has been working on developing an AI-based clinical coding solution that can analyse medical notes and accurately determine the relevant clinical codes. Megan Miranda sits down with Deloitte Director Duncan Hancox to learn more about this innovative solution and the broad potential of the technology behind it.