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CDI Top Technologies

CDI technology options have come a long way, adapting as the industry’s role in the healthcare environment has shifted from a primarily financial enterprise to one that includes quality reviews, denials management and appeals, risk adjustment, and settings beyond traditional inpatient acute care. As CDI professionals’ jobs have gotten more complex and their reviews more in depth, their technology they rely on has also had to become more sophisticated.

When ACDIS conducted its first CDI Week Industry Survey in 2011, only 30% of respondents said they used electronic queries as part of their CDI practice, a tool that’s nearly synonymous with CDI work today. The next year, in 2012, the same survey found that only 17% of respondents were working completely with an EHR; 81% said they either had a hybrid system, an all-paper medical record, or had to scan some paper materials into the EHR system after discharge.

Today, you’d be hard pressed to find an organization with a completely paper medical record, and the conversation has shifted from EHR implementations to advanced CDI-specific technologies—things like artificial intelligence (AI), computer-assisted coding (CAC) and physician documentation (CAPD), prioritization, and more.

CDI’s role has changed, it’s expanded, and it’s become even more important for healthcare organizations’ success. Your CDI technology should support that reality and grow alongside you. It’s easy to get overwhelmed but look how far we’ve come already; even 10 years ago, the advanced technology available today wasn’t even a twinkle in someone’s eye.

In this special CDI Journal supplement, sponsored by 3M Health Information Systems, readers will learn about:

  • Leveraging advanced AI technologies for physician engagement
  • Improving quality and financial metrics with real-time prioritization
  • Using technology to measure CDI impact
  • Building an effective Hierarchical Condition Category process